When I was a kid, my aunt bought my cousins a dog. One day they went out with the dog tied to the porch railing. While they were out, the dog — still not accustomed to his new surroundings — was barking a lot. A not-so-nice neighbor kid taunted the dog until it jumped over the railing effectively hanging himself.
Until then, I hadn’t realized that separation anxiety isn’t limited to humans. Dog feel it too.
New dogs are naturally fearful of new people and surroundings. Put yourself in their shoes â€“ youâ€™re in a in a seemingly foreign land, you can’t understand or speak the language, and you had no say in the matter. This is basically how a dog when he comes to your house for the first time. Â While bringing a new dog home is exciting for you, it can the little guy anxious.Â
Problems, great or small, are bound to happen every now and then. All behavioral problems are solvable with love and patience, though. The first sure step in resolving any problem is by placing yourself in their shoes. Soon, you will be able to speak a language that both of you will understand.
Below are tips and tricks on how to know if your dog is having a behavioral problem and how to solve them:
Yes, Dogs Feel as Deeply as We Do!
Believe it or not, dogs can develop irrational uncertainties and/or phobias. They may feel particularly vulnerable when alienated from familiar surroundings even if those surroundings were less than ideal or even abusive. This vulnerability leads to anxiety. Sound familiar?
Separation anxiety manifests itself in several ways:
- Showing extreme distress over family members leaving, especially when this means being alone.
- Injuring themselves in a frantic attempt to break free like breaking their teeth, digging doors with claws, jumping over glass windows or damaging their paws to escape from their crates.Â
- Barking continuously whenever the owners leave.
- Becoming destructive and violent like chewing on things their way and scratching the sofa or doors.
- Pooping inside the house.
What Can You Do If Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety?
Aggression is ironically a possible concern for dogs with separation anxiety. It can be dealt with by:
- Seeking help from the right people and experts on the matter, like your vet. Doing so will immediately solve the physical causes of the behavioral problem.
- Consulting an expert animal behaviorist and/or trainer who will assess and suggest the appropriate solutions to the situation.
- Developing a strategic plan that will modify your human-dog interaction.
- Choosing a good breed of that is less prone to anxiety.
- Taking your dog out to socialize with others — people and dogs.
- Discouraging growling and/or snapping and people. It’s not cute and may be hard to contain, if he’s allowed to continue.
Some dogs have more than their fair share of energy to burn so anxiety and boredom may easily set in if left to their own devices. Lack of an energy outlet may stress them out and as a release, they may destroy your home.
If Chewbarka wrecks the house every time you leave, you can:
- Crate him, if the problem is not related to separation anxiety.
- Restrict him to parts of your home or office that can’t be damaged.
- Leave the radio on.
- Try DogTV or other channels designed to entertain pets.
- Hide your precious toys so the pooch wonâ€™t find them.
- Hire a trainer or just a dog-walking service to break up his daily routine.
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