Canine Separation Anxiety
Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
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.
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?
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.
Before You Leave
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.