by C. Markus on September 7th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Separation anxiety is a common problem experienced by dog owners. Separation anxiety in dogs is commonly characterized by destructive chewing or scratching, excessive barking, whining, urination and defecation. If these problems occur when you are not home, chances are your dog is experiencing separation anxiety. It is not fully known what the causes this anxiety.
Some possible triggers include:
- Constant human companionship. If your dog is used to being around people it can be difficult for him or her when left alone.
- A traumatic event, such as an abusive previous owner.
- Loss of routine. If a pet is thrown out of normal routine, it can be very stressful.
- Lack of socialization with other dogs.
How to tell if your dog is experiencing separation anxiety:
- If the behavior occurs when you are not home.
- Your pet follows you to every room.
- Displays of frantic greetings.
- Acts of depression or anxiety when you are about to leave.
If your pet displays these behavior(s), there is a chance he is experiencing separation anxiety. Fortunately there are steps you can take to help your dog during these stressful times.
Helpful tips to help your pet cope with separation anxiety:
- Leave and arrive quietly, and try to not make a big deal out of your arrivals/departures.
- Set up a safety word for when you are leaving to let your dog know you will be back.
- Give your dog plenty of exercise and socialization.
- Feed your dog before you leave. This will associate your departure with a positive connotation.
- Leave the television or radio on. This will distract him or her from any outside noise.
Grief & Pining Formula™ Homeopathic remedy relieves separation anxiety in pets, plus depression caused by emotional distress, loneliness or sadness