Separation anxiety is an anxious response, normally triggered when you become separated from your dog in one way or another. Some examples include: leaving the house, going into another room, etc. Symptoms range from light crying to full blown panic episodes, often leading to property damage or worse, harm to your dog. The underlying cause is often a combination of things including: lack of leadership or fulfilment and a poor relationship dynamic between you and your dog.
When a dog gets separation anxiety most people tend to believe their dog is feeling sad, lonely or missing them in some way. This can be true and dogs definitely can get lonely, but in these situations there are only mild symptoms and also easy fixes.
Most cases of separation anxiety can be resolved in just two sessions!
The bigger problems that you may be experiencing include: destruction, constant escaping, continuous barking and even personal harm. This type of separation anxiety has the below things in common:
- Your dog is leading.
- Your dog has extremely high energy levels, is pushy and often a bit unsure or nervous.
- Your dog is too humanised or part of the family. e.g. people feel sad, guilty or become emotional when leaving.
- Your dog needs more exercise.
- Your dog has little to no rules, boundaries or limits and is often spoiled.