Dog’s Separation Anxiety
Dogs like their owners, so they are attached to them. Some dogs may have separation anxiety. This means that they are sad or even depressed when an owner leave them home alone. Those dogs show signs of: destruction, vocalization and distress behavior. They show these symptoms when the owner is preparing to leave them. This usually happens when the owner is going to work or school. When he comes back home, dogs are extremely happy and satisfied.
This is a serious problem for dogs and their owners. If your dog is one of them, you will have to solve this problem. The solution includes treatment that must reduce anxiety before you leave your pet, while you are absent and when you come back home. You will have to reward your dog before you leave and when you come back.
The first step is to teach your dog to stay in his dog house, dog bed or crate for a longer period of time. This period should be constantly increased. A dog can see you when you take the purse, car keys or something other what you do before you go. This is a signal for him that you are leaving. The solution is to do some of your pre-departure routines, but stay at home. Eventually, he will realize that this isn’t a signal anymore. Also, before you leave, you can give some treat to your dog or delicious food. The point is to occupy your dog before you leave, so he cannot see you.
Separation anxiety doesn’t have to be linked to just one owner or family member. Some dogs feel this type of anxiety when several family members are leaving him.