Separation anxiety in dogs is one of the most common issues we see in dogs and it is one that will rarely solve itself. As pack animals by nature, when a member of the pack goes “missing” a dog feels extreme anxiety. In order to cope with this anxiety, a dog turns to often destructive or high-stress habits. At the The Dog Wizard Wilmington , we have the skills and knowledge to help your dog gain the self-confidence to be alone and feel secure.  Our dog trainers have to do three things to help work through this issue.  First, we must add some structure and physical exercise to help the mental aspects accept new ways of thinking.  Second, we must boost your dog’s confidence.  Third, we must change their negative association of being alone into a positive one.  And voila, we are seeing a new dog.  We know separation anxiety in dogs is not easy to deal with, so please call our expert dog trainers today!  Check out this before and after of a separation anxiety dog in training!

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 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 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 learn independence