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The Secret to Preventing Separation Anxiety in Your Dog

separationanxietySeparation anxiety is problem that is common for most dogs to develop. It is considered to be an anxiety disorder, that happens when the dog finds himself isolated bring on a state of intense panic brought on by separation from his owner(s). For example it can occur when an owner leaves for work in the morning, the dog is develops a condition of nervous anxiety which will intensify very quickly.

Dogs require plenty of company and social interaction to keep them happy and secure. They are social animals just like most humans. Dog do not like to be left alone for long periods of time, but some dogs and even some breeds fare much worse than others, and these are the dogs most prone to suffer from separation anxiety.

It is known that some dog breeds can be genetically predisposed towards separation anxiety, something to take into consideration when deciding which breed to choose from particularly if you’re going to be absent for long stretches of time. Some of these breeds include Weimaraners, Springer Spaniels, German Shepherds, and Airedales.

There are a number of contributing causes to dog’s separation anxiety, for instance dogs from shelters are more likely to develop separation anxiety, since ‘shelter dogs’ have experienced quite a bit of trauma. For instance if they have been abandoned by previous owners and therefore find it hard to trust new owners.

Sometimes dogs that were separated from their mothers and siblings too early have been shown to be prone to separation anxiety. An example of this are puppies from pet-stores since they are usually taken from their mothers as early as age 8 weeks, and then they are confined to a small glass box in the pet-store for up to two months. This early weaning, along with lack of exercise and affection from their mothers, will likely be very traumatic for the dog.

The biggest cause of separation anxiety in dogs is neglect, since your dog need your companionship if he is to be happy and content. Neglect inevitably occurs, if you are separated from your dog more than you’re present in his life. The dog will learn from your routine when you are leaving the house. The dog then starts to become anxious, following you from room to room, whining and crying.

These are the symptoms of separation anxiety.  When you’ve left, the anxious behavior manifests itself within a half an hour, with the dog incessantly barking, scratching and digging at windows and doors to try to escape and find you. He might chew inappropriate items, or urinate and defecate inside the house. Some dog have been known to engage in self-mutilation by licking or chewing the skin until it’s raw.

Many owners on their return, will encounter a dog that is excessively excited, and will leap around in a frenzy of delight. But this is misleading because this behavior is actually an indication of a psychological disorder. You are not seeing the behavior while you are gone.

There are a few things you need to do to minimize your dog’s separation anxiety. First exercise your dog enough to wear him out. The longer you think you will be gone for the day, the more exercise your dog should get before you leave. You dog must be distracted from his boredom, loneliness, and anxiety by giving him an alternative to whining, crying and pacing.

If you are interested in finding out more information when it comes to dealing with your dog’s separation anxiety, you might will want to check out Secrets to Dog Training. It’s a great learning tool for anyone who wants to learn how to deal constructively with their dog’s problem behaviors. It deals in great detail with all of the common dog behavior problems, and there’s a great section on obedience commands and tricks.

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