Separation Anxiety

This issue is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I’m dealing with this issue for a dog I simply adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the problem is not treated or worked on it may lead to more stressful problems. This issue is not seen in every dog.

Some of the signs to look for are:

Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more destructive than others.

Destructive like chewing on shoes or furniture, scratching, digging or going to the toilet on the flooring.

Barking, whining, howling.

Depression, lack of appetite, trouble breathing.

After you from room to room.

The dog starts running in circles as you’re getting ready to leave.

Some dogs may try to escape out of the house to look for you.

Here are some strategies to decrease the separation anxiety on your dog.

For a shelter dog that’s been adopted is to have patience. The dog will learn new commands better to help fight the issue if he believes that the new home is safe, secure environment. Need to bond with your puppy like playing and going on walks. This can help to use up his energy and be ready to relax alone. Create a quiet safe space for the pet only. Over time your dog will learn that he will be safe in that space as you are gone.

Next is to keep passing and coming low key. This might be hard at first. For departing try to not pay attention to the dog for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving the home. After arriving home ignore the dog for a few minutes, than acknowledge him with some calming petting or hugs.

Offer some more reassuring things for the dog by leaving a piece of clothing that will have your scent on it. This will help relax and some sense of familiarity due to your scent. Also don’t forget to leave his favorite toys and treats. Purchase some treat games to him busy and the brain mentally stimulating when you’re gone.

You could introduce a safety cue to be used such as”that you will be right back” for each time you leave the house. Start small with the safety cue when you’re going outside with the garbage. Most of the time you are only gone a couple of minutes. Than keep building up the time you’re away.

At first practice your departure regular by gathering your things that you take every day with you and sit down. Repeat this routine till your pet show no signs of distress. This way you are establishing a routine. Most dogs love having a daily routine with it master.

Don’t be cruel to your dog by yelling or ignoring him. This might cause the problem to get worse. Try to calm him down with relaxing petting and talking softy to him in a low tone.

The best piece of advice is to be patient, consistent and persisted in the technique you are using.

Separation anxiety is not a consequence of lack of instruction or disobedience but it is a panic response.

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