Separation anxiety in dogs is far too common. It is one of the most common issues that we work with. Dog separation anxiety is a concern because it is an issue that rarely solves itself.
Dogs are pack animals by nature and since they are not wild, they treat their family as their “pack.” When a member of their pack leaves, they become extremely worried and anxious. For a dog to cope with this anxiety, they often times turn to becoming destructive or partaking in other stress relieving habits. At Wilmington Dog Wizard, we will train your dog to gain the confidence they need to not feel anxious when you are gone.
Typical Signs of Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Pacing and panting when you are not in sight
- Follows you everywhere you go when you are home from room to room
- Constant barking or whining when they are left alone
- Destroying objects when you leave the house
- Urinates or defecates in house while you are gone
- Tries to escape when they are left alone sometimes harming themselves in the process
Typical Causes of Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Consistently leaving your dog alone for long periods of time
- If your dog was taken away from its mother too soon, usually less than 7 weeks old
- Over held as a puppy so they never had a chance to learn independence
- If very abrupt schedule changes occur in your life as an owner
- If the dogs mother died at birth and the puppy was raised by humans
- If your dog has been rescued and receives a lot of attention now, whereas before they had none