Canine Separation Anxiety
Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Separation Anxiety Prevention
most dogs from developing separation anxiety is fairly simple. Barring
cases of strong genetic disposition, small preventative measures tend
to be quickly effective.
Many of the ideas used to prevent
separation anxiety from becoming a problem are simply less difficult
and in-depth versions of measures used to try to correct separation
anxiety. As with most problems, separation anxiety is usually easier to
prevent than cure.
Think of habits and behaviors that will
discourage the development of separation anxiety as essentially the
opposite of the behaviors listed in possible causes of separation
anxiety. When introducing a new dog into the home simply follow these
guidelines to avoid future problems with separation anxiety:
Minimize arrivals and departures. Pay extra attention to the dog an
hour before you leave or after you return, but not immediately before
or after. In other words, don’t make a big deal out of leaving or
returning. Your dog will take the queue from you that separation is not
a big deal.
Set boundaries in the home. A dog that has firm boundaries
day one feels secure in knowing he is not in charge and can therefore
rest easy and let the pack leader (you) take care of business. It is a
huge burden for a dog who feels he is in charge. He can’t control you
or protect you when you are gone, and this makes him very
Give your dog alone time. From the time you bring a new dog home,
separate yourself from the dog for varying amounts of time. Use a back
yard or a baby gate in the home to teach the dog that separation is to
be expected and not feared. Don’t use separation time as punishment, or
turn it into a negative time for the dog. Treat separation time as
matter-of-factly as possible.
bringing young puppies into the home may find some of these concepts
especially helpful. These measures combined with crate training will go
a long way in teaching a puppy that his “den” (crate) is a safe place
day or night, alone, or in his owner’s company.
acclimation exercises will also aid in most puppies’ understanding of
respecting the den in terms of the house-breaking process and