We love our dogs and can’t imagine our lives without them. However, sometimes we need to take that much-needed trip to the grocery store or attend a friend’s party, and can’t take our beloved canine pals with us. For some dogs, this is okay, they’ll just sleep, keep themselves occupied or just roam around their home. For other dogs, being left alone can cause some stress, anxiety and behavioral problems. It’s important to recognize the signs of separation anxiety before the problem gets too bad.
What Are the Signs?
Look for these behaviors when deciphering if your pup has separation anxiety:
- Excessive barking or howling
- Destructive acts
- Indoor accidents such as urinating in the house
- Intense Pacing
- Excessive drooling, salivating or panting
- If confined, signs your dog has attempted to escape
What Can I Do?
There are a few ways to ease this separation anxiety for your pup:
Crate training- A crate is neither cruel or unhealthy. Dogs have always been known as “den” animals. In the wild, dogs would choose small warm spaces to raise their puppies. It’s been shown that some dogs even feel more comfortable and safe in a crate. Try placing your pup in a crate and see if he or she calms down or if the anxiety is still there
Conditioning- If you have a puppy, it’s important to condition them at an early age. This will help prevent signs of separation anxiety. Start by leaving them for short periods of time and slowly work your way up to more prolonged periods of time. You can even give them a treat after you come back, show them that being separated has its rewards.
Exercise- It is important for your pup to get plenty of exercise, not only are you spending time with your pal- you’re also tuckering them out. A tired dog is more likely to settle down when you leave than those not tired.
Lastly, another option, if you leave your dog for work every day, is a pet hotel or dog daycare. This way, your furry friend can play with other dogs, keeping him or her occupied until you come pick them up. TyVy Pet Hotel will gladly take care of your pup, making sure they are fed, exercised and played with while you’re away.