Dog separation anxiety is a dreadful dilemma to be addressed in the canine world. The following article discusses the ways to treat separation anxiety. Dogs love being close to their masters. Sometimes dogs have been discarded or abused, or for some reason abandoned by their original owners. There are the rare cases when a particular dog’s DNA lends itself to being susceptible to having excessive anxiety when separated from its owner.
Dog separation anxiety is an enormous and vital problem to address, and over 10% of all puppies and dogs get this syndrome. If you as a master do not take steps to conquer the situation the results could be severe in the most desperate cases.
First of all, it is essential to recognize that you will not always be able to understand why your dog is having this problem. I met an older couple who had recently adopted a dog who became upset when his new master left for too long. It is not always this easy to recognize what caused the initial problem.
One need to understand the problem from your dog’s perspective, let us try and do it. Dogs are social animals and seek their owner’s company all the time for more than one reason. It is a dog’s nature to want your company; however, it is not realistic that your dog can always be by your side! Sometimes you have to go grocery shopping where pets are not allowed.
So, it is common that when you leave, your dog can experience varying degrees of behavioral changes when you aren’t around.
Solutions to this syndrome
There are many ways to help your dog and treat this syndrome. Some of the ways you can improve your dog’s situation are:
- Always talk to your dog in a soothing voice and though it may seem he won’t understand, explain to him what you are doing. For example, if you are going to leave the house without your dog, explain to him that you will be coming home and that you will only be gone a short time or you will be back at the end of the day. Dogs are surprisingly intuitive and will begin to pick up on what you are telling them, either through your voice patterns or the sound of your voice.
- Notice that people become anxious if they do not get out of the house and exercise. The same is true for your dog. Activities such as walking, running and playing will tire your dog, and your dog will want some time alone to rest.
- Provide a place for your dog in your house that he will begin to recognize as his area. A dog bed with one of your shirts and his toys close by may help him become more comfortable when you are not home.
- If you are about to leave the house, make sure he has enough food and water and put out some special treats for him.
- Pet monitors are now available that enable you to see your dog when you are not home, and even talk to him. This approach may ease his fears and anxieties and hold him over until you get back.
Consult with your vet if your dog does not respond to the suggested solutions. Your vet may recommend that you try your dog on medication therapy.
In short, you can cure your dog of separation anxiety can if and only if you continue to look for solutions for your dog, show him a lot of love, and are patient.