Dog separation anxiety is common to most dogs. Some accept your comings and goings with a sigh, but others might have a hard time understanding why you have leave for a moment.
They are worried that you may not come back. As a result, your dog may bark, whine, or howl. He or she may become destructive, make messes inside the house, refuse to eat or attempt to escape the yard or home.
Dogs may have been abandoned once before and they assume that they will be left again by their new owners.
Sometimes a new change in lifestyle such as moving to a new house, an addition to a family (like spending less time with them because of a new baby), or a new job requiring less time at home.
How To Overcome Dog Separation Anxiety:
- Start crating your dog when you are away. Putting your dog in a crate will help him relax rather than wandering around a huge house. Also try putting some calming aromatherapy oil next to your dog’s crate.
- You can also try to give more exercise before you leave. How about a 20-30 minute jog or run or even just a walk.
- Desensitize your dog to your comings and goings. Get your dog accustomed to seeing your routine of locking the door, lowering the drapes or putting on your sweater or taking the keys every time you leave the house. On a weekend or your day off, try leaving the house for a few seconds and come right back. Praise him calmly after you return if he’s been quiet. Gradually add another minute to your absences each time you leave the house. Do this several times a day. It might take a week or even a month or two before he gets the routine.
Dog separation anxiety should be less to nothing if you follow these exercises diligently.