Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Separation Anxiety and Your Pet

Is your dog dealing with separation anxiety while you're away from home, either for work, running errands or daily routines?  Like us, dogs like routine and often get stressed over large changes in their schedule. This is especially true for negative changes that they do not expect and do not understand.

Dog separation anxiety usually occurs when our own schedule shifts, thereby disrupting the amount of time we are able to spend with our dogs. When faced with such disruptions, dogs may get stressed and become destructive and/or bark or whine incessantly.

A dog with separation anxiety may chew up household items, and urinate or defecate in the house. One of the best ways to deal with schedule changes, is to put our dog in daycare. In this way, he gets the company of humans and dogs, while you are away. He also gets to brush up on his dog-to-dog, and dog-to-human socialization skills.