We usually think that, if my dog has destructive behavior when we go out home, it has separation anxiety; but there are a few different causes behind that behavior, and the problem is not that “I’m spoiling my dog with too much attention” =).

Why is my dog destroying the house?

The dog is a social animal, so it needs social interactions, the more the better. That is why many dogs suffer anxiety or stress when they are alone, and even when they anticipate that you will left him alone.

Sometimes dogs have destructive chewing because of the boredom, because they need to release energy, for lack of stimulation, because the walk has not been satisfactory …

If when we are preparing to leave, the dog begins to be anxious or sad, if when we leave the dog alone it urinates or defecates, barks, cries and / or scratches the door, if we see excessive salivation, if he doesn’t eat or drink when we are out , and when we arrive he is panting too much or showing “weird” behaviors (biting his legs…) it is probably that your dog is not bored or lacking in stimulation, probably he has separation anxiety or fear of being alone.

Why my dog?

The origin of separation anxiety is very variable, it can appear from an early age, or develop into adulthood.

The dogs that are more prone to develop separation anxiety are the dogs that come from shelters, from the street, dogs that prematurely separate from the litter mates…

Although it can also start as a result of moving, changes in work schedules, death of an other family dog

My dog has separation anxiety, What can I do?

First of all, contact a professional in your area who can give a diagnosis and guidelines. Depending on the case, the professional may ask you to consult the veterinarian first, to discard possible pathologies.

Additionally, and although it seems contradictory, it is important that the dog spend as less time as possible alone, especially during the behavior modification process.

Patience, work and understanding

We are in the society of the immediate, and if I go to the dog school on a Friday, I want my dog stops barking on Monday when I go work (as Spanish saying goes: miracles to Lourdes), but the reality is different: it requires work, patience and above all understanding.

Your dog is not vengeful, he doesn’t pee to “annoy you” for leave it alone, his behavior is due to his own anxiety state.

If our dog suffers when we leave it and barks, put him an anti-bark collar or punishing it will not solve the problem, it usually aggravates, because we look for “patches” to solve the behavior that annoy us, but we don’t think in what really happens.

Dog separation anxiety treatment in Alicante

If you have a dog that suffers separation anxiety, don’t wait longer, time can aggravate the situation.

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