Do you ever come home and think “What happened here?” Your house has been destroyed by your faithful canine that suffers with dog separation anxiety. Your home does not resemble the way you left it – there is mess everywhere and instead of enjoying a quiet evening at home you are forced to clean up a huge mess.
Your dog might think it is a game to chew up a pillow and spread the contents throughout the house; and you might even think it’s funny – the first time – but when this type of destruction is a daily occurrence your patience is bound to wear thin. Many dogs prefer to dig and your dog might try digging up all the indoor plants leaving you with your carpets and rugs full of wet soil and chewed up and wilted pants strewn around the room. This type of behavior is not so funny when you have loads of work to do to get the house back to normal.
If your dog is an outdoor model then he or she might dig holes all over the yard. Have you noticed that as soon as you fill one hole in; two more mysteriously appear in its place? Or, maybe your dog delights in pulling the clean washing off the clothes line and destroy your favorite items of clothing by shredding and tearing them up.
This is not only frustrating but costly when you have to replace or repair your damaged possessions.
Today we look at the following topics;
- What is dog separation anxiety?
- How does anxiety in dogs manifest.
- Level 1 – Noise like barking yelping, whining and howling.
- Level 2 – Destructive Behavior.
- Level 3 – Severe depression including self harm and self injury.
What is dog separation anxiety?
Canines suffering from anxiety are often noisy or destructive. These types of dog behaviors are mealy a symptom of a much bigger problem, dog separation anxiety. Left untreated this problem usually escalates and gets steadily worse as time goes on. Up to 35% of family pooches are directly affected by dog anxiety issues.
Sadly, dog’s suffering from separation anxiety and the bad behaviors it causes is the one of the main reasons why people give up and their dogs have them euthanized or send them to the pound. The problem is if people decide to replace their badly behaved dog with another, chances are that the new addition to the family will also exhibit similar bad behaviors. Different dog – same bad behaviors.
How does anxiety in dogs manifest?
Separation anxiety in dogs manifests in different dogs in different ways. Here are some of the most common dog anxiety symptoms and manifestations in different levels.
Level 1 – Noise like barking, yelping, whining, howling.
Level 2 – Destructive behavior.
Destructive behavior is also very common where your dog may empty the bins all over the kitchen and spread the contents of the pantry everywhere. In the most extreme cases you family pooch destroys furniture; rips up carpet and may even cause structural damage to your home. The ‘extreme destructive behavior’ is not as common as ‘making a mess’ type of behavior.
Level 3 – Severe depression including self harm and self injury.
Some dogs do not ‘act out’ but internalize their pain and confusion. They can become totally sad and do not seem to enjoy anything; they seem to just give up! Others, when they internalize too much, have been reported to chew on their feet or tails to the point where they require veterinarian treatment. Some dogs can self harm so excessively and can cause so much damage by chewing on themselves that their tail or toes need amputation.
It doesn’t matter what type of behavior your dog is exhibiting, you are reading this information about anxiety in dogs so you are clearly looking for solutions. Sure, you can try expensive dog training schools or individual one on one dog training courses but there are other options available that won’t break the budget.
Next, find out how you can take control and begin to enjoy a happy and healthy relationship with man’s best friend again; without the frustration or big expenses. Don’t waste another moment, get your FREE GIFT of the Dog Separation Checklist to see if your dog is suffering from separation anxiety.
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