Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs

What exactly is separation anxiety in dogs, and how do you go about treating separation anxiety in dogs appropriately? A pro weighs in.

Dogs, like people, have a mutual need to form social attachments, and while many dogs don’t like being alone, most learn to cope by themselves for short periods of time. Some dogs, however, become very anxious and distressed when left alone, and may bark, whine, pace restlessly, pant excessively or become very destructive. Let’s look at separation anxiety in dogs and treating separation anxiety in dogs.

First, what is separation anxiety in dogs?

Before discussing treating separation anxiety in dogs, let’s talk about what separation anxiety in dogs is.

If your dog shows any of these behaviors just before and after you leave, she might be suffering from what is known as Separation Anxiety (SA). It’s one of the most difficult behavior problems to work with because successful modification relies on you or other family members being present at all times during what can be a long teaching process. SA has many causes, but it is believed that genetics and/or an early history of abandonment, contributes to what quickly becomes a deeply rooted problem that is highly resistant to change.

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