Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs Separation Anxiety in Dogs is the second most common reason dogs are sent to a shelter. For a minor separation anxiety problem, the following techniques may be helpful by themselves. If your dog engages in destructive chewing as part of his separation distress, offering him a chewing item as a safety cue is a good idea. The primary treatment for more severe cases of separation anxiety is a systematic process of getting your dog used to being alone. Begin by engaging in your normal departure activities (getting your keys, putting on your coat), then sit back down. Next, engage in your normal departure activities and go to the door and open it, then sit back down. Proceed very gradually from step to step, repeating each step until your dog shows no signs of distress (the number of repetitions will vary depending on the severity of the problem). Your dog may look happy when you return, but in truth if your dog is excitable, he may be experiencing mental anguish, which is not healthy. In order to stop our dogs from having separation anxiety, we first need to understand what is causing it.
Since it is not natural for a pack animal to be left alone, this can also occur in a submissive dog that does see you as the leader, but that is not completely secure within his pack or a dog that has not learned how to handle being alone.
If you have more than one dog, and you do not know which dog is being destructive, you need to play private investigator.
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Following a long interval, such as a vacation, during which the owner and dog are constantly together. For example, when you arrive home, ignore your dog for the first few minutes, then calmly pet him. Slowly get your dog accustomed to being alone with the door closed between you for several seconds. You can do many departures within one session if your dog relaxes sufficiently between departures.
In fact, if you punish your dog after you return home it may actually increase his separation anxiety.
When you come back, do some other things first, like taking off your coat and putting the groceries away, before you greet the dog. You may still want to crate your dogs while you are gone, however having the crates close to one another can ease your dogs’ tension, as they will not be alone.
Peeking through a window or setting up a camcorder or two will help you find out who the perpetrator(s) are. Unfortunately, some dogs never get out of the shelter, or have to be put to sleep because they are so scared of being alone, that they don’t become good household pets.
Avoid making any fuss over your dog when greeting him after coming home from work or anytime you re-enter the home.

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You don't need to make an appointment in many cases; the staff should be happy to help you over the phone with suggestions.
A bored and lonely dog might get mischievous, and chew or eat the wrong thing, so keep anything your dog might grab out of the way!
Return to an earlier step in the process and practice this step until the dog shows no distress response, then proceed to the next step.When your dog is tolerating your being on the other side of the door for several seconds, begin short-duration absences. Just be sure you are the pack leader to your first dog before you venture into getting a second dog. Most countries will actually have laws which limit the time a dog can be left alone to between 4 and 6 hours, which is really the optimal time. Most will recommend that you use the drug combined with seeing a dog-psychologist or trainer. She enjoys starting articles about real problems she has in life, as well as ones about quirky topics like How to Use Life Hacks.
How long it takes to condition your dog to being alone depends on the severity of his problem.
If your dog is instinctually seeing you as his follower and you leave him, it causes so much mental anguish that a dog often takes it out on your house or himself. Saying goodbye to a dog is something that helps the human deal with the separation, but in reality the ritual of saying goodbye means nothing to the dog.
If you successfully position yourself as the pack leader to the first dog, he will help you teach the second one the house rules. If the dog is able to remain safely in his crate during the time he's left alone, give him a filled Kong toy or other high-value chewy to keep him occupied during your absence. When a dog results to destructive behavior or incessant barking, these can be signs of separation anxiety.
The dog might eventually look forward to your leaving and, since it takes some time for the dog to get the treats out of the toy, it will be happy for a long while after you leave. She says, “I love to write, and helping people in the process is killing two birds with one stone.” To new editors she says, “Just try things out!
The dog sees himself as the one who is responsible for the pack and when the pack has left the house he gets in a panic because he is afraid that something might happen to his pack members, for whom he is responsible.

If your dog cannot stay safely in his crate without trying to escape it, or injure himself, try confining him to an area, such as the kitchen, using well-constructed baby gates or decorative metal gates high enough to prevent him from jumping out of it.
If you do not understand the instincts of the dog and his pack members, the articles on this page Understanding Dog Behavior will give you a better idea of how your dog instinctively thinks. If you allow the dog to pull in front, you are once again re-enforcing to your dog that she is alpha over you.
Put a radio or TV on to provide background noise so your dog won't feel quite so alone and isolated during your absence. If you do not make your dog heel beside or behind you, the walk will not accomplish its intended goal. Destruction of blinds, draperies and woodwork indicates the dog may want to escape the house to look for you. When a dog walks with her mind focused on her owner, she releases both physical and mental energy. This too, although it does not happen often, is separation anxiety because it only happens when we leave the house.
This works her brain and fulfills her canine instinct, but also relieves them of the responsibility of having to provide leadership in a human society, which the dog is really not equipped to do. Even though it may be a bit costly for just one or two days, it might actually save you money in repairing damages done by the dog, and it will save you some grief and aggravation because the dog will become happier and more self-confident.
This is a benevolent program where structure and non-physical discipline provides predictability in the dog's life. Injuries that the dog might have inflicted upon himself, including wounds on his paws or other parts of his body done to reduce his own anxiety (akin to someone biting his nails). Your dog is already experiencing severe anxiousness, even though it might not be rational behavior in your mind.
If you punish him, you will only increase the amount of anxiety he's already feeling, and his behaviors might tend to worsen. Make your routine of leaving the house varied so the dog cannot ever really know the exact time that you will be exiting the house. This will strengthen your leadership role with him, and it will also help him become more confident in both your ability to take care of yourself, and his ability to survive while being without you.
If your dog is showing severe SA behaviors, please discuss this at length with your veterinarian. There are pharmaceuticals he or she might recommend to help alleviate your dog's feelings of stress and anxiety. One very common and popular drug used specifically for SA is called, "Clomicalm." Here is a link to an article you can take to your vet for his review.

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