Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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Mild separation anxiety often responds to counter-conditioning, a technique that helps your dog associate a positive experience with being alone. Encouraging your dog to increase his activity level may also help treat mild separation anxiety. Although mild separation anxiety usually responds to counter-conditioning and changes in routine, more severe anxiety may require desensitization and other techniques.
Eliminate pre-departure anxiety, or the panic your dog experiences when you grab your keys or put on your shoes, by breaking your own routine. If your dog’s symptoms are severe or do not respond to home treatment, professional intervention may become necessary.

However severe your dog’s anxiety, it is very clear that scolding or punishing him will not ease his symptoms.
This entry was posted in Comparative Psychology and tagged abnormal behavior, anxiety, comparative psychology, counter-conditioning, desensitization, newsnow, no follow, pet dogs, separation anxiety, separation anxiety in dogs, treating separation anxiety on March 23, 2012 by VetDepot. Some dogs suffer only minor distress upon separation while others experience severe anxiety.
In addition to therapy, there are medications available to reduce your dog’s anxiety by altering levels of certain neurotransmitters in his brain. If your dog responds to being left alone by urinating on the carpet, howling, chewing on the furniture, or pacing compulsively, he likely suffers from significant separation anxiety and would benefit from treatment.

When your dog becomes comfortable with that, leave him with a mostly unfamiliar person for a short period.

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