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What Is Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

How do you know if your dog suffers from Separation Anxiety? Have you come home and found your couch destroyed, your shoes chewed, your wallpaper torn off the wall, "accidents" throughout the house? Has your dog ever chewed his feet or a spot on his body until he bled, maybe needed veterinary attention? Do your neighbors complain that your dog barks incessantly while you are gone? These are all signs your dog may be suffering from Separation Anxiety.
When you walk into the house and find destruction, your very first thought should be "What happened to you?" Your dog was not angry or spiteful.
Those are human emotions your dog will never feel.
Something traumatized him, he felt anxiety and fear and needed an outlet for those emotions.
When a dog feels anxious or scared, he WILL find an outlet, usually destructive behavior.
Unlike us, dogs can't hold it in, they will not have a drink or smoke a cigarette.
Whatever they feel comes up and out.
There are some things you can do about Separation Anxiety.
First, make sure that it IS Separation Anxiety.
It may be a lack of exercise, a physical problem or some other source of stress.
1.
Make your comings and goings as calm and matter of fact as possible.
If you feel bad or guilty about leaving your dog, she will think something is wrong and become stressed and anxious.
Just a calm "See you later" as you walk out the door is all you need for goodbye.
When you return walk right past your dog with a calm "Hi Honey.
" Once you have removed your coat, put your bags down, etc.
, have your dog sit, then calmly praise.
Keeping your energy calm will help keep your dog calm.
We want her to know that you leaving is no big deal.
2.
Make your dog look forward to you leaving by having a special toy or treat that only happens when you leave.
I use a beef marrow bone.
I stuff it with peanut butter and freeze it.
This is a favorite treat that only happens when I am leaving.
When my dog started to look forward to me going out, I knew success! 3.
Leave the radio or television on for your dog.
4.
Sometimes it's a matter of a lack of self-confidence.
Formal obedience training will help build your dog's confidence! 5.
You can use herbs, flower essences, homeopathy or aromatherapy.
6.
If nothing else helps, you may need a medication from your veterinarian.
7.
A crate is a wonderful tool to prevent a dog from destroying the house or trying to jump through a window or door.
This may not be appropriate for all dogs.
Separation Anxiety in dogs is a serious disorder.
Your dog can be severely injured, as well as severely damage your home! The rehabilitation process can take months depending on the severity of your dog's condition.
Be patient!! Your dog is worth the time and effort! I wrote this article to give you an introduction to this severe problem.
I hope the information helps you.
You may need to consult a canine behaviorist.

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