Separation anxiety in dogs is far too common. It is one of the most common issues that we work with. Dog separation anxiety is a concern because it is an issue that rarely solves itself.
Dogs are pack animals by nature and since they are not wild, they treat their family as their “pack.” When a member of their pack leaves, they become extremely worried and anxious. For a dog to cope with this anxiety, they often times turn to becoming destructive or partaking in other stress relieving habits. At Greenville Dog Wizard, we will train your dog to gain the confidence they need to not feel anxious when you are gone.
Typical Signs of Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Paces or pants constantly while you are out of sight
- Destroys things when you’re gone
- Whines or barks when left alone
- Escapes or attempts to escape when left alone sometimes resulting in bodily harm
- Urinates or defecates in the house while you’re away
- Follows you from room to room when you are home
Typical Causes of Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Left alone for very long periods of time consistently
- Taken away from the mother too soon (less than 7 weeks)
- Mother died at birth and puppy was raised by humans
- Very abrupt schedule changes in the owner’s life
- Dog has spent a lot of time alone in his life then becomes rescued and it gets consistent attention from owners that it is not used to
- Over held as a puppy so it never learned independence