Are you a proud dog parent?
If yes, then you already know how it feels to come back home and see that excitedly wagging tail and those playful jumps at the door. In fact, the way your pooch follows you from one room to another, even to the washroom, fills your heart with love. You cannot help yourself and end up hugging him and talking to him. There are few who can ignore their pup after seeing him all excited.
Although we all love to see our happy dog when we arrive back home, have you ever wondered if there might be some other reason behind such behavior?
What is separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a condition in which your dog cannot stand to stay at home while you are not around. They start feeling anxious and distressed when they don’t see you and end up behaving unusually or destructively.
When a dog starts acting up, many people mistake it for bad manners, and some may even end up punishing their dog for it, failing to realize that their pooch might be suffering from separation anxiety.
So, if you see your dog behaving differently, don’t get annoyed; try to find the reason behind it.
Here are a few of the common symptoms which a dog with separation anxiety may exhibit in your absence.
Symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs
Chewing or Damaging Things
Have you ever come back home to find that your dog has destroyed the couch, or eaten your favorite sneakers? Of course, seeing such havoc will anger you, especially after a long day at work.
But, before you get angry with or punish your dog, take a deep breath, and think about why he might have done that?
Barking or Howling
A dog with separation anxiety usually tends to bark or howl persistently when he can’t find you. If your neighbors tell you that your dog won’t stop barking while you’re out, he’s probably suffering from separation anxiety.
Digging through Doorways
Your dog might exhibit his feelings of anxiety by trying to dig through doorways in an attempt to escape. But this might be self-destructive for him, and he may end up hurting himself by breaking teeth or nails, scratching paws, etc.
Urinating or Defecating Indoors
If your dog is well-trained to do his business outside, but ends up defecating or urinating indoors, the chances are that he might be doing it out of separation anxiety.
Acting Up When You are About to Leave
Have you ever noticed your dog acting up while he sees you are preparing to leave or leaving the house? If yes, then it might be a sign that he is prone to separation anxiety and finds it hard to stay at home without having you around.
Just as human beings are social animals and like social interactions, dogs do too. They sometimes find it hard to spend time without having their guardian or the person they love around.
If you have a dog who is suffering from separation anxiety, do punish them for any problems they may cause, but understand that they need you. Head on over to My Pet Child for strategies to overcome separation anxiety, and many more dog care tips besides.
If you are a dog parent who has helped your pooch overcome separation anxiety, share your experiences in the comment section below.