Dog separation anxiety is one of the most common emotional health problems you can come across when you have a dog. Dogs, like people, they seek love, affection and care and when they get these things in excess, they love it.
Separation anxiety generally occurs usually when there’s been a big change in your dog’s life. Perhaps you’ve had some special time with your dog. As an example, if you have had some time off from work, and then when you return to work your dog feels a void. You aren’t in the home as much and they wish to be with you more.
This situation can progress into dog separation anxiety which is the cause of dogs doing things that are out of character, either by barking and whining all day or demonstrating destructive behavior
Dog separation anxiety is a circumstance where dogs start behaving in an altogether altered way, like they start whining, barking and crying when you are not home upsetting the neighbours and sometimes the whole street.
Separation anxiety can also widen into destructive behaviors like, chewing up all manner of things including furniture, and doing whatever they can to find you including trying to escape the house or yard.
In the most severe cases some dogs have badly injured themselves attempting to escape by breaking windows, ripping up carpets and rugs and damaging drywall.
Most puppies will experience some level of anxiety when they first arrive at your home and are separated from their mom and siblings. You’ll know that your new puppy is experiencing anxiety when they look sad and cry when they are alone.
Dog anxiety in adult dogs generally starts much more subtlety. Your dog will begin to become annoying by following you everywhere and never being comfortable when you’re out of sight. They would get in your way and continually block your path in an effort to gain more attention. Your dog might start becoming more demanding for affection and also might be over excited when you return home.
How you decide to manage your dog’s anxiety will make the difference. It is your choice. Do you want to own a happy dog or a dog that might develop long term separation anxiety problems?