Separation Anxiety In Dogs; How To Treat It

separation anxiety in dogs

First you need to recognize the signs of separation anxiety in dogs. If you have a puppy and it goes to the bathroom in the house it’s probably not separation anxiety, he just needs to be house trained. If he chews things and he’s a puppy then it’s most likely not separation anxiety either. 

First Rule Out These Things

  • Incontinence from medical problems
  • Medications
  • Excitement Urination
  • Not being properly housed trained
  • Marking their territory 
  • Boredom which can lead to destructive behavior
  • Dogs can bark when they hear or see unfamiliar things 

What Causes Separation Anxiety In Dogs

  • Being left alone for the first time
  • Being used to constant human contact and then being left alone
  • Experience an event that has caused trauma such as being at a shelter, kennel or living in a new place. 
  • Change in their routine
  • Loss of a family member including a pet

How To Treat Separation Anxiety In Dogs

  • Don’t act too excited when you return home and don’t make it a big deal when leaving.
  • Give your dog an article of your clothing. Dogs have a great sense of smell and will reassure them you will return. This can especially help if you already find your dog laying on your clothes when you are home. 
  • Have a good by word that your dog can associate with the fact that you will return.
  • Give your dog a treat. Your dog will start to become excited because they will start to associate you leaving with getting something tasty!
  • Consider using an over the counter calming product such as CBD to help relax them. You can speak to your veterinarian for recommendations. 
  • Put your dog in a room with a toy. This can help them feel safe and distract them. This can also help to prevent them from destroying things. 
  • Leave your dog with someone else such as a neighbor to help them get used to you being away. 
  • Some companies allow pets at work. If yours is one of them this can be another option. 
  • Getting another dog can sometimes help.
  • Music such as classical has a calming effect on dogs and may help. 
  • Exercise can help to calm your dog so he has less energy when you are gone and be more relaxed. 
  • If the separation anxiety continues you may need to contact a certified dog behavior specialist. 

Things That Won’t Help

  • Do not punish your dog. This can only make the separation anxiety worse.
  • Do not put your dog in a crate. This can make such behaviors like barking, scratching and using the bathroom worse. 
  • Obedience training is good but has nothing to do with separation anxiety. 

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