Separation anxiety is an extremely nerve-racking behavioral issue that affects a lot of dogs, as high as 14%. It is considered one of the most misunderstood problems mostly because people trying to treat it by considering this from a human angle and are unable to see the cause. The way to put a stop to separation anxiety is rather simple. Show the animal that you are the leader. Let me explain.
Noticing that the following behaviors are warning signs is a start. They can be as wide-ranging as they’re stressful for the dog, but by treating them you’re not treating the reason behind the issue. Begin by asking yourself the question; does the attitude stop as soon as you return? If this is what you have noticed, then I say that you being away is certainly linked to the cause.
Let’s have a look at a few of the key symptoms.
• Chewing – emits an endorphin the same as the one released when a human is chewing gum in an attempt to stay calm. • Barking, whining – this is a call for the master to return to the pack, just like whenever you call your children when you can’t find them
• Escaping when you’re absent – this is often very destructive, extreme, and also in some cases dangerous. Your four-legged friend is seeking you. So lots of people are told to exercise the problem out of their canine but, again, it is not going to resolve the condition.
• Digging, destruction – this is all related to stressful and anxious behavior.
• Self-mutilation – excessive licking and chewing oneself. Severe drooling also is a sign of stress. These are generally signs which may be often poorly recognized as being medical conditions but are all stress-related
• Toileting – in the event that the animal is toilet trained but begins relieving himself inside, it is possible that it is behavioral. In the event that it is only occurring when the animal is separated from you then it is more than likely connected to your pet having separation anxiety.
Even though there are lots of places that you can find advice on how to treat all these symptoms there is only one way to treat the cause of the problem.
If you are serious about how to stop separation anxiety then you need to become the leader of the pack. Separation anxiety is a really clear-cut problem that takes place any time the dog thinks they are the leader of the pack and you are their puppy or part of their pack. In the wild, dogs do not wander off out the den independently and your dog’s separation anxiety will keep going until you return to him.
In all circumstances, once you show your four-legged friend that you are the one who decides then the dog will be okay with you coming and going as you please.