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My Dog Has Destructive Separation Anxiety

What should I do if my dog has separation anxiety?

This problem is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I am dealing with this issue as a dog that I just adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the problem is not treated or worked on it can lead to more stressful problems. This problem is not seen in every dog.The big question is:“How to train my dog with separation anxiety?”Some of the signs to look for are:Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more destructive than others.Destructive like chewing on shoes or furniture, scratching, digging or going to the bathroom on the floors.Barking, whining, howling.Depression, lack of appetite, trouble breathing.Following you from room to room.The dog starts running in circles as you are getting ready to leave.Some dogs may attempt to escape from the house to look for you.Here are some tips to reduce the separation anxiety in your dog (click here)

How do I train my dog to get over separation anxiety?

5 tips for Separation Anxiety:Before you leave, go for a walk. Start the day by providing vigorous exercise. Then reward your dog's calm-submissive energy with food and water. Some dogs may need to rest before eating, but all dogs can benefit from hydration. The idea is to leave your dog in quiet, resting mode while you are away.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! Depending on the severity of the case, you may need to practice the rule for five minutes or up to an hour before you leave and when you get back.Say goodbye long before you leave. 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. Keep in mind that this display is for you - not your dog! Your dog won't have his feelings hurt if you didn't say goodbye.Stay calm and assertive! When you are ready to go to work, leave those guilty, nervous, and concerned feelings behind. Instead, let your dog know that everything is going to be okay by projecting the confident energy of a pack leader.Start out small. 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 with no problem!dogs who think they’re the pack leader who suffer separation anxiety. Such dogs regard you as a pup in their pack and therefore feel the need to guard and look after you. When you wander off and they’re prevented from rounding you up and bringing you back they get frantic.A dog who sees you as the pack leader, however, won’t worry when you leave. Pack leaders go off all the time to scout etc and the pack knows they can take care of themselves and will return.Your job therefore between now and starting your training is to make yourself the pack leader. You can ffind out more about How to become a pack leader in here, and watch video training series- how to make your dog obedienceThis is, above all else, simply the MOST important step in any form of behavior modification work you do with your dog. Without a pack leader, your dog will gladly take over as one in an instant. This can happen as soon as you get your dog or any time during their stay with you.

How do you get rid of separation anxiety in dogs?

I have a year old border collie mix who has separation anxiety. She barks constantly and is destructive when we aren't home. We are getting complaints from the neighbors. We have used muzzles, vibrating collars, and pharamone treatments to get her to stop and she still isn't. We also have resorted to crating her. Any advice?

How can I identify if my dog has separation anxiety?

Look out for one of these behaviours:Your dog is chewing pillows or furniture even scratching at the door.2. Barking or whining non stop3. Urinating on the house floor.4. Trying to escape from a room or crate5. Extreme pacing and restlessness6 Extreme salivation and panting7. Drooling8. Vomiting9. Coprophagia10. Dilated pupils11 . After coming home, your dog follows you everywhere in the house.12. When you are preparing to leave he is whining or crying.13. He doesn't eat his food.

My dog has Separation Anxiety; Help?

1. The number one cause of separation anxiety is a human’s lack of leadership.

2. Separation anxiety can also be due to a lack of exercise. A build up of energy being stored within the dog can bring about multiple behavioral issues. When you leave, it intensifies their stress and they act out because they do not know what else to do with this built up energy. Walk your dog in the morning before they eat and again at night. For the walk to be successful, your dog needs to be focused on their owner, their pack leader. Therefore, the dog should not be pulling in front of you. The dog should be walking beside or behind you, following YOU as opposed to you following THEM. If you allow the dog to pull in front, you are once again re-enforcing to your dog that they are alpha over you. Instinctually, the pack leader goes first. If you do not make your dog heel beside or behind you, the walk will not accomplish its intended goal. When a dog walks with their mind focused on the owner, they are releasing both physical and mental energy. This works their brain and also fulfills their canine instinct, but also relieves them of the responsibility of having to provide leadership in a human society, which the dog is really not equipped to do.

3. When one leaves the house one must not make a big thing out of it. When you come back, do some other things first like taking off your coat and putting the groceries away before you greet the dog. You want to avoid the dog getting the impression that leaving is a big deal. Saying good-bye to a dog is something that helps the human deal with the separation, but in reality the ritual of saying good-bye means nothing to the dog's feelings. It's all for the humans. You want the dog to think that you leaving is just part of the routine. If you feel bad about it, your dog will "feel it" and it will upset them.

4. Do practice departures. Leave for 2 minutes; come back in; ignore them for a minute or two, give them a treat. Increase the time to 5 minutes, 8 minutes and so on. Do not reward bad behavior.

How do you define "separation anxiety" in dogs?

With our dog, it was a case of being separated from one or both of us. If I were to leave and my husband were to stay in the room with our dog, he would still become very anxious. He would whine and scratch vigorously at whatever door I left through. He would attempt to chew the wooden door frames and he usually eliminated some where in the house. It worked the same if I were to stay and my husband were to leave.

On your second question, I wouldn't necessarily say that it is separation anxiety. It could also be boredom causing the dog to become destructive. I do not mean to say that it would definitely not be separation anxiety, but it isn't always.

ETA: with our dog, he came from a house of abuse and neglect. He didn't have a good start, so when we took him in, he had a lot to overcome. He was a very anxious dog. He's gotten a lot better though.

Will this help my dog's separation anxiety?

My husband and I have a great dog. He is a really wonderful pet with only one issue, which is his separation anxiety. It's not awful, but sometimes he does some pretty destructive things. My husband is deployed and I go to school full time so sometimes I have to leave the poor boy alone for up to 8 hours. We used to keep him in his crate but I had doing that to him for so long. My neighbor comes a couple of days during the week and takes him outside. We are moving out of our apartment soon and into a three-floor townhouse. We can't get another dog because I wouldn't have enough time to devote to it so we have been contemplating getting a cat after we move. I wanted to adopt one from the shelter but a friend said that if you get a kitten it will grow up with the dog and they will get along better. Do you think that having a cat around will even affect his separation anxiety? Is an older, bigger cat better or a kitten? What else can be done for my dog's separation anxiety?

What causes separation anxiety in dogs?

Generally dogs’ display separation anxiety invarious ways. These might include barking loudly and for a prolonged period after you leave the house, destructive behaviour, messing indoors.If your dog shows any of the above, then separation anxiety will almost certainly be an issue for you to tackle.There are various ways in which dog separation anxiety may be approched. You have a big part to play as the dog’s owner. Be prepared to be patient to discover what works best for your dog.Basically about conditioning your dog to see you leaving as no big deal because you’ll be back.Try not to kake a fuss of the dog when you leave. Try leaving the room/house for very short periods (a minute or two to begin with) then do not make a fuss of the dog when you re-enter unti, the dog has calmed down.Gradually build up the time away.Sometimes make like you are leaving, the don’t. Leave and return by different doors. I found with my dogs that leaving the radio on for them was a big help as was making sure they had their favourite toys to play with to keep them occupied.Lots of other hints and tips which you may find useful here:>> Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And CuresHelped me learn plenty to help my dogs.