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)

You may
  • 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.