Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Let's talk about separation anxiety in dogs.
When you leave your dog alone at home, do they appear to get really upset and destroy things, scratch on doors, etc. If so, there is a good chance that your dog has separation anxiety. This article will discuss this condition and what you can do to help your dog.
How do you know if your dog definitely has separation anxiety? When you are leaving the house, it probably follows you and either cries, whines, or barks. They may also act depressed. They are likely to scratch on doors and when you come home they have probably chewed and destroyed things.
Separation anxiety is quite common in dogs. It is exactly what its name states. It is when a dog gets anxiety because it's owners is not with it. Dogs with separation anxiety typically are destructive right after their owner leaves them. If your dog has this condition, it probably is destructive for about the first hour after you left.
What type of destruction do dogs with this condition cause? It depends on the dog and what you have in your house, They may chew on furniture, shoes, pretty much anything within their reach, scratch on doors until the door is noticeable damaged, they may also urinate or defecate in the house. When you come home the dog will act excessively happy and excited.
Separation anxiety is a behavioral condition. If your dog chews on things or as accidents in the house, that doesn't necessarily mean they have this condition. Puppies may have accidents and have the urge to chew because of their new teeth. Separation anxiety is when your dog is really attached to you and only does this inappropriate behavior when you leave them alone at home.
You will have to either put your dog in a cage, or do some behavior therapy to get them to stop destroying the house. You can consult a veterinarian or trainer if you need more information on how to deal with this issue.
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