How to deal with Dog’s Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety is a dog’s the state of fear over separation from its owners. Symptoms of pet anxiety, or your pet’s response to fear of abandonment, may be confused with a lack of training, but it’s important to remember that separation anxiety does not mean your pet is ill-behaved. Separation anxiety can be a particular problem for dogs that have changed homes before being adopted into their current families. Pets with separation anxiety only act out when they are unable to get to their owners.
The dog is wild to greet you, and is still stressed, anxious and clingy when you first arrive home. Some pets simply do not ever gain enough confidence in themselves to be on their own so they suffer from separation anxiety. Dealing with separation anxiety is different than dealing with just the problem behaviors.
The dog always shows behaviors when left alone, even for short periods like it chews on a variety of things. The dog tries to stay close to the things that smell most of you. The dog pees or poops inappropriately, sometimes in many locations. It barks continuously during the day, perhaps after a build-up of whining. The barking is not on-off-on-off.
There are many different ways you can help your dog deal with her fear.
The dog cannot be isolated from you at any time, even in a different room with the door closed so sometimes, leave the dog alone in a car for any length of time or other unusual location, without showing anxiety or destructiveness.
Try to make your arrivals and departures very boring and low-key. Don’t make a big fuss over saying hello and goodbye. Be very casual and up-beat.
Learn to check your anger at the door. Punishing Spot will not fix the problem–it will only make it worse. Once she associates your absence and return with punishment, her anxiety will increase. Your dog will automatically become submissive; they behave this way because it is natural to submit to the leader when they become angry, not because she knows what she did wrong.
Teach dog that you can be trusted to come back. Make Spot “sit and stay” while you move from one place to another. This will prepare your panicky pet for practice departures. You can slowly increase the time and distance. This builds confidence and avoids it from getting into the problem of separation anxiety in your pet and this helps them to handle times alone much better.
Change your regular habits before leaving the house since dog can spot that you’re leaving which develops separation anxiety in it. It can make out from your preparations to leave with her. Let her know that you’re always coming back and help disassociate her learned, destructive behavior from your absence. Do something unusual and different from your normal routine.
Another thing to deal with the separation anxiety in dog is to take out for a good walk before you leave the house. So that you spend some quality time together, it will also help tucker her out, making it more likely she will spend her time away from you sleeping.
Before you can retrain your dog for a week or longer, arrange for the dog to not be alone – get a pet sitter, join a doggy daycare, or leave your dog with a friend who’s home all day so that it won’t fall into the problem of separation anxiety.
Serious separation anxiety is indicated by a dog who does major property damage (chews holes through walls), injures himself in his anxiety (scratches or rubs paws or nose raw in digging or chewing), or stresses himself to the point of exhaustion during your absence.