Helping Dogs with Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogs is a stress response exhibited when they are away from their bonded person. It's similar to a human panic attack.


Signs include pacing, vocalization, loss of appetite, destruction, elimination, drooling, and attempts to escape. These can vary in severity.


Causes can include changes in family dynamics, lifestyle, routine, or traumatic events. Some dogs may have a genetic predisposition to the condition.


A vet exam can rule out medical or other behavioral reasons for the symptoms. A thorough history and physical examination are essential.


Behavior modification programs aim to change the dog's perception of being alone. This involves gradual desensitization and training at the dog's pace.


During training, dogs should never be left alone. Enlist help from friends, family, or dog walkers. Regular exercise can also be beneficial.

Managing Absences

In severe cases, medication may be necessary. Anti-anxiety drugs can reduce anxiety and enable successful training. Always consult with your vet.

Medication and Treatment

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