Poodle puppies and some dogs experience a high level of stress when left alone. For a dog, it is not the natural order of things to be split up from his family. His natural instincts do not prepare him for such a situation. Most puppies learn you will return and that nothing bad happens when they are left alone. They learn to entertain themselves and gain confidence in their ability to be alone.
Some dogs do not gain confidence in their selves for various reasons. Factors at the root of this disorder include species specific predispositions, genetics, early learning and owner behavior. Second hand dogs, dogs adopted from animal shelters, and rescued strays are prone to develop separation anxiety. Dogs that are intelligent and have a high energy level can also develop separation anxiety.
You can see why some poodles are bound to suffer from Canine Separation Anxiety.
- Poodles require human companionship, they do not do well left alone for long periods of time everyday.
- There are very intelligent and need to be mentally stimulated.
- High energy, the bigger the poodle the more exercise is required.
Common Causes Of Separation Anxiety
- Fear of abandonment caused by prior re-homing.
- Some dogs have been left alone too long when they were a puppy and are traumatized by it.
- Some dogs are neglected or abused and develop low self esteem. These dogs are usually bounced from home to home and then end up in animal shelters.
- A dog with a strong guarding instinct toward their owner can get very stressed because if they are left behind, how can they protect their owner.
- Dogs who are overly attached to their owner and who are rarely left alone can literally go to pieces when the person who is the center of their universe leaves them behind.
- Changes in ones daily routine or work schedule, from where the dog spends most of the day with it’s owner to where the dog spends most of the day alone.
- Moving to a new home or other major change in the dogs environment.
- Some dogs can be traumatized by an event unknown to their owner.
Symptoms Of Separation Anxiety
- Barking, whining, screeching, or howling – this is a way of calling for the dogs owner to return or so the sound of their own voice fill the silence that surrounds them.
- Destructive chewing of household items relieving the loneliness or boredom.
- Digging at and scratching doors, rugs, or furniture – the dog is frantically trying to escape and find it’s owner.
- Acute alertness to owner’s every move and obsessively following owner from room to room, typical behavior of over attachment.
- Trembling, panting or drooling when left alone is a reaction to fear.
- Self-mutilation, caused by excessive chewing or licking – this behavior is usually from over attachment to the owner. Use a surgical collar or medication from your veterinarian to stop the dog from doing damage to itself.
- Urinating and defecating in the house, diarrhea
- Any other obvious signs if distress when left alone