The road to treating a dog’s separation anxiety requires patience and proper treatment

Just as humans suffer from various psychological disorders, the canine species does as well. There are too many to delve into in one post, so this will only cover the most common emotional disorder among dogs, separation anxiety.

It’s very important for your dog to remain physically healthy with his/her vaccinations, proper diet and plenty of exercise. But emotionally, dogs can be much more problematic to deal with, and plenty of dogs end up in animal shelters as a result due to their owner’s lack of patience. If you notice your pooch becoming highly stressed every single time you leave him/her alone, and shivering, panting, whining, or drooling excessively as a result, you may need to start looking at possible causes.

Before you adopt a dog, think about how they may have lived through traumatic experiences prior to your rescue, and that emotional problems may only worsen if the dog is around an event that emulates this past trauma and the anxiety felt previously is triggered.

Canines also love being in the company of others, and are creatures of habit. So if the time spent with your dog is unequally balanced with long periods of absence, your pooch may be confused and unsure of where you are or if you’re coming back, which results in anxiety. Some dogs are more dependent than others and have tighter bonds, and any change in the attention you give them can bring out their fragility and cause some very inconvenient consequences.

When separation anxiety occurs, it can cause serious emotional and physical harm to your dog. Some are more prone to behaving destructively such as chewing door knobs, glass, furniture, dry wall, which can result in bloody mouths and expensive repair bills. Certain dogs are known to defecate and urinate inside the house gratuitously in the event of your presence being elsewhere. Dogs may also refrain from eating and lie around in a depressive state in protest.

When beginning treatment for your dog’s separation anxiety, the first thing to know is that punishment is never a logical cure and any kind of verbal abuse will only cause further frustration for both your canine and yourself. A good way to start is by bringing your pooch to doggie daycare to gradually allow them to be accustomed to being without you. Any form of exercise will also tire them out, and lastly various types of medications exist to calm your dog’s anxiety.

If medicine is your preferred method, whether alone or in conjunction with an exercise plan, there are both natural and prescription alternatives worth looking into.  Take a look at the below link which explores the history of behavioral medication on dogs and its non-prescriptive alternatives.

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