Pet Loss Support Group
February 7th, 2017
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Does my dog have separation anxiety?
My dog tears up my house while I'm away. Does he have separation anxiety?
How can I train my puppy to use the bathroom outside?
My puppy keeps pooping and peeing in my house. How can I housetrain my dog?
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How do I know if my dog has separation anxiety, and how can I treat it?
Dogs with separation anxiety typically exhibit dramatic anxiety responses within a short period of time (20-45 minutes) after their owners leave. Common separation anxiety behaviors include:
It’s not fully understood why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and others don't. It’s important to realize that the destruction and housesoiling that occurs with separation anxiety are not the dog's attempt seek revenge on his owner for leaving him. Rather, they are part of a panic response.
There are many reasons for the behavior associated with separation anxiety, so it's essential to correctly diagnose before proceeding with treatment. If most, or all, of the following statements are true about your dog, he may have a separation anxiety problem:
What should I do if my dog has separation anxiety?
The following techniques may be helpful for minor separation anxiety issues:
These treatments may take a while, and a dog with separation anxiety can do serious damage to himself or your home. Some of the following may be helpful in dealing with the problems in the short term:
What won’t help a separation anxiety problem?