Does leaving the house every day fill you with the stress and worry that your dog is going to destroy the house when you are away? This is a common concern of dog owners whose canine companions suffer from separation anxiety, which might manifest a wide range of negative behaviors. If your dog is often destructive while you are away or he is overwhelmingly excited when you return home, you might talk to your veterinarian about separation anxiety and the treatment options available. Below you will see the answers to some basic questions about separation anxiety to give you a better understanding of this condition.
What are the signs of separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety can cause many different behaviors in pets, including urinating and defecating in the house, digging, chewing, escaping, pacing, barking, and self-injury. In some cases, these behaviors may be a sign of other conditions like boredom, poor house training, or medical conditions, so it is important to see the vet to rule out other causes for destructive behaviors that take place while you are away.
What are the possible causes of separation anxiety?
Dogs can develop separation anxiety later in life, as is often the case with dogs who are adopted from shelters or moved from one home to another. Any abrupt change in a dog’s routine can cause anxiety, because dogs become very accustomed to their routines.
How can I help my dog overcome separation anxiety?
There are many different training strategies that can ease separation anxiety, and the key with each of them is consistency and patience. Separation anxiety will not be cured overnight, but steps like practicing your routine for leaving the house, offering a special toy or treat when you leave, or increasing your dog’s physical exercise routine will all be helpful in reducing negative behaviors associated with separation anxiety.
To schedule a veterinary consultation where you can discuss your dog’s separation anxiety in detail, contact Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 614-9500.
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