Canine Behavior and Separation Anxiety in Dogs

What is separation anxiety in dogs?

Most dogs sleep, bark occasionally or chew their toys when left alone in the house or in a room without access to you. In general, they pretty much do what they normally do when you are with them. Dogs with separation anxiety, however, can make leaving the house or even the room an emotional and difficult chore. Separation anxiety can cause them to whine or bark incessantly, pace, chew furniture, destroy blinds, rip up carpeting, eat through drywall, climb bookcases, mutilate plants or scratch at windows and doors.

 

Signs of separation anxiety in your dog

When a dog’s problems are accompanied by other distress behaviors, such as drooling and showing anxiety when his pet parents prepare to leave the house, they aren’t evidence that the dog isn’t house trained or doesn’t know which toys are his to chew. Instead, they are indications that the dog has separation anxiety. Read more on Webmd.com

 

5 Things you can do about your dog's separation anxiety

Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisper) has to some great tips for dog owners when it comes to dealing with their dog's separation anxiety.
  1. Before you leave the house, take your dog for a walk. Start your day by taking your dog for a brisk walk. To make the walk even more rigorous, use a dog backpack with extra weight in it. The idea is to leave your dog in quiet, resting mode while you are away.
  2. No touch, no talk, no eye contact. Don't make a big deal when you leave for the day or when you return. This way, you are communicating to your dog that the time apart is no big deal. It's just business as usual! Say goodbye to your dog long before you leave.
  3. Having trouble practicing "no touch, no talk, no eye contact"? Take a moment to share affection and tell your dog that you will miss him way before you actually leave. Stay calm and assertive!
  4. Let your dog know that everything is going to be okay by projecting the confident energy of a pack leader. A calm and assertive leader can ease separation anxiety in dogs. Start out small by leaving your dog alone for just five minutes.
  5. Leave your dog alone for five minutes, then extend the time to twenty minutes, then an hour. Continue to increase the time you spend away until you can leave for a full eight hours without any more dog problems!
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Is your dog afraid of thunder?

Dogs afraid of thunder storms exhibit many signs of anxiety and even panic. Left alone during a thunder storm, they may try to scratch their way out of a crate or pen, or butt their head against a gate or door. In extreme cases they may injure themselves, and/or damage your home. Read more at yahoo

We care

At the end of the day, we realize that a relationship between you and your dog can have it's ups and downs. Dogs can develop anxiety for a variety of reasons, and you can be left thinking "How can I handle my dog's issues, especially when I'm not home!" That question is the reason we developed the Clawguard®, to prevent our dog's most damaging behavior: scratching the front door.

The Clawguard® as a simple but effective solution for us. We think you'll agree.