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Canine Separation Anxiety
Canine Separation Anxiety Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Provide Plenty of Exercise and Mental Stimulation

While boredom and true separation anxiety are two very different issues, a dog that is not properly exercised is much more likely to act upon feelings of fear or anxiety while his owner is away.  A happy, tired dog is much more likely to sleep through his owner’s absence. If at all possible, exercise the dog close enough to departure that he is still tired and content when it’s time for you to leave. The level of exercise needed to tire the dog’s body and de-stress his brain will depend on the dog’s age and breed.

Owners of young dogs that are past the age of easily tiring from a little romping may need to dedicate up to two hours a day or more to exercising their animal. If a two-hour block of time is hard to come by, consider breaking the exercise into two separate sessions. These sessions will ideally take place at the beginning and the end of your daily school or work routine, so the dog will gain confidence in the fact that you will return for the exercise session.


When exercising the dog, consider his individual activity needs. Certain breeds may require a fast paced walk or jog. Other breeds may be content to meander through a park or investigate other dogs in a dog park. Just like people, dogs are not one-size-fits-all when it comes to activity levels and exercise needs. Certain breeds will do best when allowed to engage in activities for which they are bred.  It’s simple; if possible, let retrievers retrieve, let herders herd, and let swimmers swim. Some light Internet research will provide information on what activity is right for your breed. Purebreds with a strong drive to do what they were bred to do are sometimes unhappy until they feel they have done “their job.” This is a deep internal drive that is bred into these dogs over hundreds or even thousands of years. Consider these breed factors when exercising dogs.

Physical exercise should not be an occasional treat or luxury for any dog. Making time to exercise the dog is an absolute requirement of being a good dog owner. If time or physical limitations keep you from exercising the dog, consider using a treadmill for the dog (following all safety rules),  or hiring a dog walker. However it’s accomplished, exercise is essential.

Aside from physical activity, many breeds and individual personalities may require more mental stimulation than your current daily routine is providing. Very curious or highly intelligent dogs can work through a lot of energy and anxiety by completing activities that challenge and reward their intelligence. Agility training is a great way to give these dogs both physical and mental exercise. Any household training exercises will also go a long way in entertaining and redirecting a nervous dog’s energy and attention..

Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures