Separation Anxiety Issues
One definition of separation anxiety is disruptive behavior that occurs when
a dog is left alone as a distress response to separation from the person or
persons to whom it is attached. Symptoms may include (but are not limited to):
Pre-departure anxiety-anxiety level rises as the owner prepares to leave
(panting, pacing, trembling)
- Refusal to eat (anorexic when owner is absent but will immediately eat upon their return)
- Excessive salivation
- Plaintive whining, barking or howling incessantly
- Urinating or defecating indoors
- Destruction of household property with tooth and nail (often harming themselves in the process)
- Escape behaviors (dog may destroy doors, windows, surrounding woodwork, may dig under fences, jump over fences, open gates)
want to read, "The Dog Who Loved Too Much" by Dr. Nicholas Dodman.
- and/or "I'll Be Home Soon" by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
- Try more exercise.
- Try the services of a behavior modification specialist (veterinarian) for help with behavior modification training.
- Try an antidepressant such as Clomicalm.