Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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Most dogs will outgrow the need for constant chewing by the age of 2 or so, but will continue to enjoy chewing when you offer safe objects. Choose toys that are too big to be swallowed in their entirety, and can't be chewed into pieces and choked on or swallowed.
Our dog eats strange things all the time, everything from television remote controls to our daughter's toys. Get everyone in the habit of putting clothes in hampers, closing bedroom doors and putting eyeglasses and remotes out of reach. Bones from the butcher can crack or break teeth, or splinter and cause problems in the digestive tract. Many stuffed animal toys have button eyes that can be gnawed off and swallowed, not to mention stuffing and plastic squeakers inside that may end up in your dog's stomach. Only give these to your dog under supervision, and take away any small pieces that your dog may chew off. As with any type of behavior you wish to change, one of the most important things to do is manage the environment.
If your dog attempts to chew on an inappropriate item while in your presence, simply interrupt the behavior and re-direct him to an appropriate chew toy.


Exercise is vitally important for dogs prone to inappropriate chewing or other destructive behaviors. Occasionally chewing or tearing things up is a symptom of a more serious problem, such as separation anxiety. A few training books are still on the market that advocate inhumane methods for stopping destructive behaviors, such as putting duct tape around a pet’s mouth or physically hitting a dog. With the expense of replacement already a factor, we obviously don't want to be running to the veterinarian all the time. Dogs love to chew objects that are heavily impregnated with the scent of human family members. But if your dog stops eating or starts vomiting, you need to get to a veterinarian right away. Chewing or tearing things up (like paper) can also be a displacement behavior, a way to release pent-up energy or stress. For example, spray items with Bitter Apple spray or Boundary dog repellant, or use a Scat Mat at the edge of a countertop, to stop counter surfers.
If you suspect separation anxiety, the first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.


But we often forget that many adult dogs need the same type of management to keep them out of trouble. Many pups have certain times of day when they are more likely to chew, so you can head this behavior off at the pass if you choose this time of day to give the dog an approved chewie.
This type of training operates on the same principle as a child touching a hot stove – if something is particularly unpleasant, most likely the child or the dog will make the decision not to repeat that behavior. In fact, it is these endorphins that are stimulated by chewing, so if your dog is not getting enough exercise, he may unconsciously be seeking to replace needed endorphins by releasing pent-up energy through chewing. The use of proper management (for instance, crating a dog when he is not under your direct supervision), along with proper exercise, takes care of 99 percent of destructive behavior problems.



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