It gets going when you have to leave. Your dog wants you to stay. Even better, your dog wants to come with you. With a little trickery, you have made it out the exit.
All seems well during the day, until you arrive home. You have to start coping with dog separation anxiety.
What Are The Symptoms?
When you are away, the dog shows signs of dog separation anxiety by:
1. The dog chews your slippers, the furniture and the garbage. The garbage pail has tipped over and the garbage is all over the Utility Room.
2. The dog poops and pees all over the house. The paper on the Laundry Room floor is not decent for the dog. The dog has to go in every room that you use. It’s hard not to step on it.
3. The dog barks continuously, all day. If the dog is tied up in the back yard; then, every neighbor takes notice of your dog all day, every day. Before long, your dog is marked a nuisance.
4. The dog digs and scratches at the entry. If you have a wooden door and drywall walls, dogs may do a lot of damage. You may need to replace that wooden door with a steel door, and you can replace the drywall with (easier to replace) paneling or tile. Dogs can do a lot of damage.
What Can You Tell From The Dog?
At home, you can tell that your dog has dog separation anxiety. Here are some of the signals:
1. The dog stays close to items with your smell. This includes your bed, living room chair, bathroom towel, the laundry and the garbage.
2. The dog constantly follows you. They want to know where you are going. In particular, if you are departing the house or if it is time for a walk. By following to close, your dog does not need to leave you.
3. The dog sleeps with you. The dog is committed and they know that you are, too. The dog can’t get close enough to you, which makes for some odd sleeping positions. Just remember, they are family.
4. When you come home, the dog gives you an over-excited greeting. The dog wants to lick you, jump on you and chew your clothes. It is a greeting fit for a king.
How Do I Deal With This?
You might deal with dog separation anxiety. You can:
1. Make your departure low key. When you are leaving, some dogs do not want a good-bye greeting. They just need you to exit.
2. Treats. Dogs love treats. Leave a bowl of treats that they can eat or chew on. The treats, keep your dog active, while you are away. The treats gesture to the dog, that you are coming home.
3. Food and Water – In addition to treats, leave plenty of food and water. Hunger possibly could add to chewing slippers and furniture. By leaving food, water and treats, your dog will not be hungry and thirsty. Your dog will be busy with all those treats.
4. Exercise – Take your dog to a nearby park, field or woods that they can run around in. Exercise helps to reduce the dog’s aggression and anxiety.
5. Healthy – Make sure that the dog is healthy. A trip to the veterinarian, may indicate why the dog is whining or barking all of the time. The veterinarian can have a way to contend with this behavior.
6. Set An Area – for the dog to be in during the day. This approach, the dog is away from the furniture and your slippers. By setting an area, you will have less destruction around the house.
You Could Curb Dog Separation Anxiety!