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Separation Anxiety and How to Deal with it

dogSeparation anxiety can be a tough problem to deal with, for you and your dog. There are several things that may trigger a response of separation anxiety in your dog, including the following: when a dog who is accustomed to constant human companionship is suddenly left alone for the first time; when a change in the routine or family structure occurs; following a long period of time when the dog and his owner were constantly together; or following a traumatic event. Common behaviors occurring from separation anxiety include chewing, digging and scratching at windows or doors; urination and defecation resulting from stress; and barking, crying and howling. It’s important to remember that your dog’s separation anxiety behavior is part of a panic response, one that he can’t help. For that reason, punishment simply will not work.

Some short term solutions can involve leaving your pet with a friend or relative or at a doggie day care facility or boarding kennel. Another temporary measure can involve anti-anxiety medication, though be sure to consult with your veterinarian first. If, however, you’re interested in more long-term solutions, you do have options.

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