Dogs' survival instincts, including pack instincts, make them want to stay close to their owners. Being alone can intensify this instinct.
Dogs with separation anxiety struggle to calm down due to biochemical factors, activating their limbic system and elevating cortisol levels, leading to heightened distress.
Separation anxiety in dogs: destructive behavior, not punishment. Chewing, licking, pacing, and house-soiling are signs of anxiety.
Signs of separation anxiety in dogs: excessive barking, indoor accidents, escape attempts. Seek help if symptoms persist.
Dog's pre-departure anxiety: restlessness, pacing, furrowed brow, pinned ears, tucked tail, watchful eyes, sticking by your side during departure routine.
Help your dog with separation anxiety by gradually leaving them alone, using security cameras to monitor their behavior, and giving high-reward treats upon your return.
Crate training provides a safe den-like space for dogs. Start with short periods, use treats, and gradually increase time. Transition to designated room, then whole house.
If dog distress persists, consult vet. They may refer to behavioral vet or prescribe anti-anxiety meds.