Separation anxiety in dogs is a real problem for many pet owners. Does your dog bark non-stop, or tear up the house when you leave? Do you dread coming home because you don’t know what kind of mess is awaiting you?
Do You Have An Anxious Dog Or A Bored Dog?
How can you tell if your dog is just bored, or if he really has canine separation anxiety?
Here are several ways you can tell if he has separation anxiety:
- He only destroys things when he’s by himself. A bored dog will indulge in destructive behavior anytime, just for something to do.
- He’s learned what you do before you leave, like take a shower, get dressed, and grab your keys. As soon as you start getting ready, he’s already getting upset.
- He’s “hyperattached” to you. What this means is that he won’t let you out of his sight. He follows you around the house, and wants to be close to you all the time. While this is flattering, it’s not healthy behavior, so you shouldn’t encourage this.
- He’ll bark, sometimes for hours, with repeated high-pitched yips. This is the kind of behavior that will drive your neighbors around the bend, and with good reason.
- He may urinate or defecate in the house, even though he’s housetrained
- He may even hurt himself by chewing on his own tail, licking himself until he bleeds, or yanking out his own fur.
- He’ll try to destroy barriers. Many times he’ll go after the last door he saw you go out of, in hopes of finding you.
What Can You Do?
Separation anxiety in dogs is often related to dominance issues. In the wild, the pack leader can leave the pack, but the followers never leave. If your pet thinks he’s the top dog in your home, he’ll get upset when you leave. It’s important that he knows you’re in charge, not him.
While you’re working on training him, you may want to look into a product called the Anxiety Wrap. This is a wrap that calms your dog by putting pressure on certain acupressure points on his body. Many pet owners have found that it can help correct many dog behavior problems.
Many canines are put down every year because of dog behavior problems related to separation anxiety. If your pet is showing signs of this condition, you need to deal with it quickly, before it becomes a major problem for both of you.
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