Separation-related behaviour occurs in dogs when they are left alone. It is very common and research has shown between 8 out of 10 dogs find it difficult to cope when left alone. Separation anxiety can often be overlooked as some dogs do not show any noticeable signs but it is preventable and treatable once observed.
Signs and behaviours you may notice in your dog when suffering from separation anxiety are:
- Howling, Barking or Whining
- Excessive excitement on return
- Noticeable anxious behaviour before you leave
From a young age you can prevent separation anxiety in puppies by leaving them for short periods of time on their own and giving them toys, treats or suitable stimulation for them to enjoy whilst you are not in their company. We suggest using a stuffed kong, LickiMat with Frozzys frozen yogurt, or a long-lasting chew. This way they will be distracted and entertained whilst you are gone. Older dogs may show signs of separation anxiety by eating the frames of the door or furniture that you have exited from, or may be destructive in their surroundings. A great way to treat this is by asking a dog trainer or behaviourist for assistance.