Kay9 DOG BLOG!
Separation anxiety is a disorder in which a dog experiences excessive anxiety regarding separation from owners or their home, to whom they have a strong emotional attachment. Generally this attachment is with a particular member of the family.
Many owners leave the house without knowing the full extend of the anguish their absence has on their dog. Many assume that the dog just sleeps, or if they are aware thst they bark when frist left, they assime that the dog just stops and then settles down. The emotional turmoil some dogs suffer various in degrees dog to dog. Some owners of course have no idea that their dogs suffers from Separation Anxiety until a neighbour complains or they return home to destrcution.
We work hard at establishing a bond from puppy hood, but sometimes, if we don't train the dog to be alone in the house, they cannot cope when they are left and this can be very detrimental to the mindset and welfare of your dog AND you!
Contrary to belief, the cure is NOT leaving them alone in the house. Careful steps should be taken to slowly wean the dog off from needing your company in the home before you should leave them completely.
Separation Anxiety keeps me especially busy each year during January to March after the Christmas holidays and after school holidays, when dogs find themselves home alone after periods of busy households and plenty of company.
My NEW 'Training to be Home Alone' leaflet will talk you through the various stages to help your dog cope and get them feeling better without needing to be with you constantly.
It could be the best download you'll ever get!