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Canine Separation Anxiety
Canine Separation Anxiety Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Canine separation anxiety can be a stress for your dog as well as yourself as the owner. If when you leave your dog alone, even for short periods, he or she becomes stressed and behaves badly it is not pleasant for you or the dog. Fortunately it can be treated and cured.  

This web site takes a good look at the effects of canine separation anxiety including the symptoms your dog may display, how to recognise them and how to treat them so that neither you or your dog has to worry about it again.

The information on this web site has been researched with reliable, credible sources, and every attempt has been made to provide accurate information. This web site is to be used for information purposes only, and not to take the place of professional, medical veterinarian care for your pet.

Even the most loyal and dedicated dog owner must venture out of the house, either occasionally or daily, without the company of their four-legged friend. Leaving Fido at home with food, water, and shelter is certainly not cruel and unusual treatment, and yet every day otherwise well behaved and loving dogs engage in prison style riots every time their masters leave them alone in the house. There are stories of how dog owners had to part with loved dogs because of separation anxiety.

The causes of separation anxiety in dogs can vary as much as the types of destruction an anxious dog can cause. Anyone who has dealt with a dog that can’t be left alone knows the cycle of guilt, stress, expense, and anger that can develop. While the problem is serious, fortunately, there are some solutions.

As with many pet issues, understanding the how and the why of separation anxiety in dogs is essential to ending the negative behavior. Learn exactly what separation anxiety is, what causes it, and how to deal with it. Your pet, your home, and your nerves will thank you.


Understanding Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogs is the fear or dislike of isolation. Separation anxiety often results in destructive dog behavior that is not desirable or acceptable. Separation anxiety is one of the most common and misunderstood causes of canine behavioral problems, often resulting in the frustrated dog owner finding a new home for the dog. 

As social animals, it is normal for puppies to form attachments to their mother and littermates. Once a puppy is separated from its mother, he begins to form an attachment to his owner. Attachment implies the formation of a trusting bond. All dog owners should hope to form a strong bond with their dog. A strong attachment between dog and master is perfectly healthy and sound. The problem arises when a dog becomes overly dependent on his owner, and is unable to abide any kind of separation without becoming extremely anxious and acting out in destructive ways.

A more applicable definition of separation anxiety in dogs can be defined by a few specific behaviors that take place only in the owner’s absence.

Be Patient and Understanding

Whatever route is taken to gain control of separation anxiety, remember to be patient and understanding. Set realistic goals and boundaries and stick with them. Most dogs really want and need for you to take charge in order for them to feel completely at ease in all situations. Remove the stress from the situation by calmly dealing with issues in a humane and proactive way. Continue to research and study new ways to deal with separation anxiety.

Talk to other dog owners at dog parks and pet stores, or start a discussion thread on a dog training/health forum online. There is no sure-fire cure that will work for every dog of every shape, size and personality, so word of mouth methods that worked from other caring dog owners may reveal a little-known tactic that might just work for your dog.

Now that you know what you’re dealing with and what some of the options are, good luck to you. Here's hoping that you and your dog achieve peace and harmony whether together or apart.

You will find much more information about canine separation anxiety and how you can help your dog through it by browsing the rest of this web site.

Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures