Dealing with dog separation anxiety

One of the most common phrases used by owners to describe a dog that appears stressed when the owner leaves home—or just leaves the room—is separation anxiety in dogs.

We can define separation anxiety as a dog problem behavior that shows itself through symptoms like excessive salivation, barking, whining, destroying items in the home, scratching at walls, doors and floors, and attempting to escape from the crate, or room.

Training Video

Cesar on dog separation anxiety

Cesar says that the single worst thing that can happen to a dog is being away from you. "Dogs are pack animals and there's nothing more unnatural than being away from their pack," he explains.

In this dog training video, Cesar explains why dog separation anxiety occurs, and what Pack Leaders can do to overcome separation anxiety in their dogs.T

5 tips to help dog separation anxiety

You come home from a long day at work to a spinning, jumping whirlwind of energy. Your dog follows you into your living room, where you find that he has chewed on your favorite pair of shoes. Your neighbor comes by to tell you that, once again, your dog has been driving the neighborhood crazy by howling and barking while you were away. Is this scenario familiar? Your dog may be suffering from dog separation anxiety.

Avoiding back to school doggie blues

As September approaches again, that means it’s back to school time for many households. With all the hustle and bustle of getting the kids ready and off for school, it can be easy to forget the dog. While back to school is usually an exciting, fun time for the humans in the home, for your dog it can mean loneliness and boredom. All summer long, there was most likely someone home with your dog — the older students on break, or little ones with a babysitter. Now that everyone is back to their fall schedules, your dog may feel neglected and can even fall into depression.

Dog separation anxiety from leaving dog home alone

Dogs are very social animals, and they would like nothing more than to be by your side 24/7. But dog food doesn’t buy itself, and that may entail you having to leave them home alone while you go off to bring home the bacon, and the dog treats.We might imagine our dogs gleefully doing the Tom Cruise "Risky Business" slide when we shut the door behind us in the morning, but the more likely scenario is the dog experiencing some level of separation anxiety. This separation anxiety might manifest itself as anything from nuisance barking or whining -- unpleasant for the neighbors -- to irksome surprises left in the home, which is unpleasant for you. If your dog is one to chew his feelings, you'll likely find some prized possessions or furniture vandalized during your absence. What to do?

Student Question

Aggressive dog with separation anxiety

My little Frankie is three years old. I have had him since he was born. I have never had a problem with his behavior until the past few months. It seems every time that I leave the house to go to work or go out on the weekends to run errands he gets upset. He does not destroy anything in the house, but when I go over to him to say to goodbye and pet him right before I leave the house he growls at me. The first time it happened I was shocked and let it go. But now it occurs all the time, and I am not sure how I am supposed to handle this aggressive behavior. Can you tell me why all of sudden he would have changed his behavior? Is it a reaction to something I am doing or maybe not doing?

Common dog behaviors explained

Communication begins with understanding. If you want to build a better relationship with your dog, you can start by working to understand the meaning and causes behind some of her most common dog behaviors. Here is a list of common dog behaviors and what they mean.

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