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Separation Anxiety In Dogs
Separation anxiety in dogs is a common but really serious behavioral
problem. It upsets the dog as well as your life. If destroying things is among
your dog's symptoms of distress that could cost you a lot of money too!
truth is that dogs are very social creatures and always seek for our
companionship. They simply cannot live alone.
Living alone is sad
But leaving a dog alone for a few hours, in the comfort of your house, shouldn't be that difficult.
What Is Separations Anxiety In Dogs?
In a few words, we could say that dogs with separation anxiety are so attached to their owners that they go under extreme stress every time they are left alone. Some of the main symptoms of this behavioral disorder are described bellow.
Please, please, please daddy don't go to work and stay with me.
- The dog
becomes extremely distressed as you prepare to leave the house. Just
seeing you picking up your keys or wearing your jacket and ... the party begins. Your dog starts running up and down, panting, whining, yawning.
when you are at home the dog refuses to stay in a different room with
the door closed. She or he will start scratching the door, whining and barking
to get close to you.
Dog owners whose dog has become their shadow. Sounds
familiar? If you are so attached to your dog that s/he spends all day and
all night next to you then it’s only natural that the dog suffers from
separation anxiety when you are not there.
more upset about leaving the house? You or the dog? Don’t make a big
fuss over going out or coming back home. Dogs can sense our nervousness
and react accordingly.
If it is a puppy with
separation anxiety that’s probably because it was taken away from his
mother too soon. All puppies should be at least two months old before
given to their new homes.
If your dog is a
rescue it is possible that an old traumatic experience is the root of
the problem. Your dog might fear that is being abandoned again every
time you leave the house.
Do you leave your dog
alone for too many hours? Maybe the distress is justified and you should
examine some adjustments to your daily program or the idea of getting
some help (from a friend, a relative or a professional).
When are they coming back home...
Separation anxiety in dogs can appear for a number of different reasons.Try to understand what's making your dog anxious and fix the problem as soon as you notice the first signs.
How To Deal With Separation Anxiety In Dogs
Now, it's time to see what you can actually do to deal with the problem of separation anxiety in dogs.
Start by teaching your dog to spend some time alone,
while you are in an other room. Give her a chewing toy or a special
treat. If the dog ignores the toy and comes to you demanding your
attention,don't give in. Take her back and return to what you were
doing. It will take some time and many repetitions but it is really
important that the dog learn to spend time alone.
When you are ready to leave the house don’t talk, don’t touch , don’t even look at your dog. Just walk out the door calmly.
the same when you come back. If the dog tries to jump on you turn your
back. Don’t stand and look at her, don’t talk to her. Just get in your
house, staying calm and assertive.
Never reward what you don’t want. Seeing your little baby crying
when you are getting ready to leave is really heart breaking. But you
must realize that you only make things harder if you start petting her
and “explaining” that you’ll came back soon. Dogs are not children, they
don’t understand what you are saying. And believe me, their feelings
don't get hurt if you don't say goodbye. But they can sense when their
pack leader (that’s you!) is feeling anxious and , in their mind, that is very upsetting.
some practice. Start out by leaving the dog alone in the house for five
minutes. Once you understand that she is feeling comfortable with that,
gradually increase to ten or fifteen minutes. The purpose of this
exercise is for your dog to feel comfortable with you leaving the house
and realize that you always come back. Of course, you shouldn't expect
that to happen in one day. Remember, persistence and repetition
are the key words when dealing with separation anxiety in dogs.
Before you leave, make sure that your dog has anything she needs (fresh water, toys to play with, a comfortable place to sleep).
your dog for a long walk (30 minutes to an hour) every morning. If you
have the opportunity to let him/her run, that’s even better. A tired dog is always a good and calm dog!
If the dog doesn’t have access to the yard, make sure that you have taken her outside to relieve herself before you leave.
Separation anxiety in dogs is the cause of many other behavioral problem that make a big number of people to abandon their dogs .
No matter how flattered you may feel by your dog's attachment to you
don't make the mistake to see that as a proof of her love. Because it is
not. Dogs with separation anxiety really suffer every time their owner
is away, so make sure that your dog is not one of those dogs.
we got our dog, Roza, (a rescue) she used to go crazy and jump on us
every time we returned home. Luckily, that was her only symptom of
separation anxiety but since she is a big, strong dog with really sharp nails we had to correct that immediately. Following the advice mentioned above, we did.
As soon as Roza hears her dad's car engine she goes to the door and waits for him.But she doesn't jump on him any more
Now, ten years later, she just comes to the door, wags her tail and...
that's all. Some other times she doesn't even bother to come. But... that's
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