Is your dog as happy as you?
Updated: Oct 23, 2019
Separation anxiety brief summary
very common behaviour issue that we are having with the canines today all over the world, but being a UK resident, I will only focus on the problems that we are having in the UK. Separation anxiety is a major problem for both the owner and their dog in several ways including causing stress to both in which that alone will cause an uncomfortable environment.
Many dog owners will feel that they need to rehome their dog due to the difficult time they are having with the symptoms or effects caused by separation anxiety. Unfortunately, this is one of the many reasons why animal shelters are overcrowded which has certainly not helped the dog and not helped the shelter.
The canine and the human are social species, and both rely on social attachment from others, humans can adapt to being in their own space from the absence of others, but the canine, if not socialized and trained, may, unfortunately, suffer from SOCIALISATION ANXIETY (not happy being left alone).
Dealing with separation anxiety can become a difficult behaviour issue, mainly down to the commitment on people being present in the environment were the issue is being displayed, which can take a longer process than anticipated, bearing in mind no training or behaviour issue will have a time limit, as every canine is different from the other as the same applies to the human. Again separation anxiety has many causes stemming from genetics/or an early history of abandonment, which may have been installed or developing through their life and will continue in the future if no behaviour modification plan is not implemented.
Before we as the owner of the canine jumps in feet first and say that their dog is suffering from this issue, we must see a Canine Behaviourist for a full report on all the variables that surround this issue from the infancy stages to present. A qualified Behaviourist will be able to diagnose the problem, as with some cases they tend to be a boredom issue rather than separation anxiety.
Below are some of the signs to look out for if you think that your canine may be suffering from separation anxiety.
excessive vocalization (barking)
pacing and restlessness
whining and crying
eating through walls
destroying points of entry
jumping through open and/or closed windows
Nathan Canine Behaviourist