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A Veterinarians Guide To Canine Separation Anxiety

It's estimated that up to 40% of dogs nowadays suffer from separation anxiety, which is difficult to overcome for both canines and their owners. Unwanted canine behavior is one of the most regularly mentioned reasons for surrendering pets to shelters, thus Separation Anxiety is a critical issue.

 

 

What is Separation Anxiety, and how does it affect you?

Separation Anxiety is a word that refers to a group of stressed-out behaviors that your dog may exhibit when you leave because of their bond to you.

The following are the most typical indicators of separation anxiety in dogs:

- Howling, barking, whining, and sobbing are examples of vocalizations

- Destructive behaviors such as chewing or digging

- Inappropriate toiletting

 

Why are some dogs seriously impacted while others are unaffected?

There are a variety of factors that can affect your dog's personality and confidence as a result of being left alone. Companion dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, and Labradors are much more disturbed when you leave them due to factors such as age, breed, and heredity.

Early life experiences and your dog's mother's temperament can also play a role, as poorly socialized puppies or those born to anxious mothers are more likely to be anxious later in life.

Any unfavorable or frightening experiences your dog may have had after you've left can also impact his or her personality. If your dog has been left alone during a burglary or a rainstorm, for example, they are much more likely to identify their dread with being separated from you.

Routine is also very important to our dogs. And if your dog is used to you working from home all day and then you go out and start a job, he or she is likely to be unhappy by the abrupt change in routine.

 

How to naturally quiet a dog with separation anxiety

There are a few modest modifications you can do right away to help your dog calm down. To begin, make as little noise as possible as you leave the house. Your dog will begin to pick up on signals that you're getting ready to leave, such as reaching for your keys or putting on your shoes, which can cause anxiety. So just mixing up your leaving routine up can remove the anticipation.

Secondly, when you return, make as little noise as possible. Your dog has been anticipating your homecoming after being separated from you. When you return home, making a big deal about them will reaffirm to your dog how much fun you are to be around and how lonely they are when you're not there.

 

How to fix separation anxiety in your dog

Depending on how badly your dog is affected by your absence, there are a variety of solutions.

Those who are badly afflicted will almost certainly require a combination of methods. Medication to assist them restore their brain chemistry, as well as behavioral treatment with a qualified dog behaviorist or a licensed dog psychologist, could be used.

A combination of supportive techniques is more likely to aid those who are less badly afflicted. So, for example, soothing supplements or behavioral training could be used. You may start creating a safe and tranquil atmosphere for your dog right away by utilizing a bed or crate as a safe haven and gradually increasing the length of time they're left alone in their safe location with positive reinforcement. This low-and-slow approach is a way of gradually increasing your dog's confidence while you're away from them.

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