Dog separation anxiety is a condition that is common among shelter dogs. If this problem is left as is and is not worked on or treated, this could lead to your dog getting stressed out and you getting more problems in the long run. Nevertheless, this particular issue is not present in every dog.
What are the signs of dog separation anxiety?
Each dog suffering from separation anxiety has unique ways of showing that they have this particular condition. Dogs that suffer from extreme cases of this condition exhibit more destructive actions than the others. These destruction behaviors include chewing on your furniture or shoes, going to the bathroom on the floors or digging, and scratching. Other signs include howling, whining, and barking. Some dogs also suffer from lack of appetite and depression while some dogs exhibit having troubles breathing. If a dog follows you from room to room, then they could also have this condition. When you are getting ready to live, a dog suffering from separation anxiety might start running in circles. Furthermore, there are even some dogs that would go to troubles of attempting to escape from your house just to look for you.
If you think that your dog showcases some or all of the signs of separation anxiety mentioned above, here are some tips to keep this particular condition of theirs to a minimum.
• Patience is key to adopting a shelter dog. Once he feels that your home is safe and secure, he will begin to learn new commands you teach them to help them better combat this condition. Make sure to bond with your dog by going on walks and playing with them. This lets them use up their energy for them to be ready to relax on their own. You should then create a quiet and safe space intended for your dog. In time, your dog will come to learn that he can find safety in this space that you have set up for them while you are away.
• Keep arrival and departure low key. You may find this hard during the first few times. If you will be departing, try to avoid paying attention to your dog for about 10 to 15 minutes. One you arrive home, on the other hand, ignore your dog for a few minutes first and after that proceed to acknowledge their presence with some hugs and calming petting.
• Offer other things of comfort to your dog. One example will be leaving them a piece of clothing that has your scent on it. Your scent will give them some sense of familiarity and will help them relax better. Do not forget to also leave their favorite treats and toys. You should get them some treat games to keep him busy and keep his brain stimulated while you are away.
• Introduce a safety cue each time you leave the house like ‘that you will be back’. You can begin using this cue when you are taking your trash outside. This will usually take you a few minutes. After that, you proceed to increase the time that you are gone.
• Avoid being cruel to your dog by ignoring or yelling at him. Doing these things will just make the problem worse. You should be able to calm him down by talking softly to them or petting them in a relaxed manner.