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Let’s Stay Together: Helping Your Dog Overcome Separation Anxiety

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 4:30pm
anxious dog with big eyes

September is a month of changing routines, and pets across the country are adjusting to new schedules as their family members go back to work or school. Unfortunately, some dogs may have trouble adjusting and start acting disruptive or destructive when left home alone. They may resort to urinating and defecating in the house, howling, chewing, pacing or trying to escape from the house or yard. When these issues are accompanied by signs of panic, distress or depression, they may indicate that your pet suffers from separation anxiety.

But we’re here to help! When treating a dog with separation anxiety, the goal is to resolve the underlying issue by teaching him to enjoy—or at least tolerate—being left alone. Our experts have put together a list of top tips for helping your pooch overcome separation anxiety. Here’s a sneak peek at their advice:

Doctor Knows Best: The first step in tackling behavior issues is to rule out any underlying medical problems that might be causing your pet’s behavior. For example, if your pet is urinating in the house, he might be suffering from a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, diabetes or kidney disease—all of which can cause urinary incontinence in dogs.

Conquer the Fear: If your pup suffers mild separation anxiety, counter conditioning—or helping your dog associate being alone with something good, like a tasty treat—might reduce or resolve the problem. To develop this kind of association, offer your dog a food dispensing toy (like a Kong) stuffed with food every time you leave the house.

Dogs Need Jobs: Providing lots of physical and mental stimulation is a vital part of treating many behavior problems, especially those involving anxiety. Exercise can enrich your dog’s life, decrease stress and provide appropriate outlets for normal behavior. Plus, a tired dog doesn’t have much excess energy to burn when he’s left alone!

To learn more about how to teach your dog to be comfortable being alone, please read our complete guide to overcoming separation anxiety.

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Lee

Just another thought.......there are now plenty of reputable pet services companies that go into pets, mainly dogs whilst owners are at work, sometimes to walk but mainly to give some socialisation and relieve what can otherwise be an extremely stressful and boring day.

bigard

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Hannah

my mom's cat and believe me when I say he's hers, I feed him and take care of him but he loves her more. Anyways, lately she's been having to spend some nights over at a friends to help them with some things and Parker goes crazy, he tears at the front door, cries for her, and tears at the curtains in our windows trying to find her, and shows other various signs of stress. When she gets home he's happy and content, I realize he has seperation anxiety, he's very attached to her and nothing I do really helps him, got any ideas?

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