Separation Anxiety is one of the most common problems in dogs today.
If your dog show signs of distress and exhibits behavior problems when left alone then your dog may have separation anxiety
Examples of dogs displaying separation anxiety
Digging at doors
Destroying doorways, curtains, glass window, crate
Urinating/defecating - This can even happen with a potty trained dog
Causes of Separation Anxiety
Family member dying or pet family member or leaving
Constant human contact when you are home with the dog (This is the most common cause of separation anxiety)
Trauma - Going to a boarding facility where dogs are kept in kennels or if a dog is relinquished to a shelter
Puppies that are left alone for the first time
Ways to treat separation anxiety
Find healthy ways to keep your dog busy when you are gone like using a food/treat product that your dog takes a long time to eat like a lickimat
A lickimat is a mat that you spread your dogs favorite treat on like peanut butter or yogurt and the dog can only lick it because of the raised bumps on it.
Ways to deal with the behavior
1. Hire a fear free certified dog trainer to help you by giving you a regimen to follow over a couple months of training lessons.
2. If you are dealing with some MINOR separation anxiety then you can try to teach your dog that when you leave you are coming right back by leaving and coming right back in 10x a day for 3 weeks. Walk out of your front door or bedroom then as soon as you close the door, come right back in and say yes, then give your dog a treat - 10 x a day for 3 weeks - On week 2 and 3 you can start to stay gone for a little longer each day as you go.
3. You can also start leaving things like a hard backbone nylon dog chew
4. Get a lickimat or lickimat product and spread peanut butter on the lickimat and leave one of those when you leave
5. We love to give our dogs an everlasting treat wheeler with puppy ice cream spread all over it with supplements sprinkled on top