Dog Separation Anxiety: 3 Terrible Symptoms that you didn’t know

Published by , 28th August 2016 in Separation Anxiety

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You may be asking yourself: what is dog separation anxiety, and how do I fix it?

Today I would like to spend some time explaining this problem and its symptoms, and after that explain the solutions.

What is Dog Separation Anxiety?

If you have noticed your dog or puppy keeps watching you from the window or the door as you leave your home? Is your dog barking or whining a lot?

If you feel this is starting to become excessive, this could be a case of dog separation anxiety. This has the potential to become really serious if it continues.

What are the 3 major symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs?

1)    Excessive whining and barking when the dog is left alone

And this could start as soon as your dog sees any indication that you are about to leave your house or apartment.

Therefore, if you avoid making noises when you are leaving your house so your dog doesn’t notice you are preparing to leave, it means that your dog or puppy probably whines and barks more than usual.

2)    Your dog frequently following you around the house everywhere you go

If your dog keeps following you every single room of the house then this could indicate that he / she has separation anxiety.

3)    Dog scratching the door, tearing apart the house or trying to escape

If any of these happen frequently after you leave the house, these are other symptoms of dog separation anxiety.

And keep in mind that your dog doesn’t understand if you are leaving for 5 minutes or for 8 hours to work. Your dog will miss you and will react the same way.

Now, I would like to discuss the best solutions for Dog Separation Anxiety

1)   Teach your dog that your absence is okay. How?

If your dog has only mild symptoms of separation anxiety, try to teach him that your absence is okay and that you will come back. How do you do that?

Try to ignore her for the first couple of minutes after you come home (just walk to the kitchen, bedroom, etc.) and later pet and play with her. Always in a calm manner after your dog is not so excited anymore.

Suggested Reading: Is your dog over-excited and like to jump on everyone after you open the front door? Please this article: “How to prevent Dog from Jumping up on People

2)    Leave his favorite toy with him

Next time you leave the house for short periods of time try leaving out his favorite toy or a slow eating treat to occupy him for 20 minutes or so.

Then, as soon as you come back home, you take the toy or treat away from him.

By doing so, your dog will make the association: I get my favorite toy or treat when you leave. This is positive reinforcement.

3)    Create a Safe Space for your Dog

Try to create a safe space for your dog when you leave the house.

Put out his favorite toys and treats, perhaps a shirt or any other clothing that carries your scent.

If possible, choose a room with a window, so he can also be distracted by things that happen outside the house.

Conclusions on “Dog Separation Anxiety”

To sum up, it is completely understandable that your dog or puppy gets upset when you leave the house.

Dog Separation Anxiety is something that affects a large percentage of dogs. It is a very common problem, but also very easy to fix with the right tool, so please try these tips to help your loved one.

Theses are merely the “do’s” of dog separation anxiety and I will soon write another post on “Things that you should never do if your dog has separation anxiety”. If you have tried all these tips and your dog is still experiencing separation anxiety, please explain this to your veterinarian.

PS: If you haven’t checked yet, read all the details of Dog Separation Anxiety on chapter 10 of my eBook. Click below to get your free copy.

See you and have fun training your dog!