Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures

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Canine Separation Anxiety
Canine Separation Anxiety Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Change the routine

In addition to minimizing fuss or attention surrounding the comings and goings in the home, it can sometimes be helpful to literally change the exit or entrance used for routine arrivals and departures. 

Some anxious dogs create very regimented rituals surrounding the owner’s departure. Something as simple as leaving through the garage instead of the front door can sometimes interrupt the dog’s normal feeling of anxiety and redirect their attention.

In addition to changing the door that is used, consider your routine. Are there certain things that are always done in a certain order before leaving the home? Do you put your shoes on, then go to the closet for your jacket, then grab your keys, always in that order? 

If so, attempt to change up the order and times. As strange as it sounds, simple modifications in the household routine can sometimes end or lessen the dog’s negative association with his owner’s departure.


Feed Before You Leave

Just like people, dogs react very negatively to feeling hungry. A nervous dog that is also hungry is likely to become agitated and frustrated. Frustration leads to pacing, pacing leads to chewing, and so on. A well exercised, mentally engaged dog with a belly full of food is much more likely to handle feelings of anxiety in a calm and sleepy manner. Foods full of complex carbohydrates are especially effective in encouraging dogs to nap.

A food containing lots of oats is a great option, as many dogs can be sensitive to large amounts of wheat or soy in their food. When dealing with young dogs or departures that will last for several hours make sure to give the dog an opportunity to take care of elimination business outside before being confined to the house.

Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures