All About Separation Anxiety – What You Need to Know
Separation anxiety is one of the most common issues we see in the dogs we train. It can be exhibited in various different behaviors and can range from mild to severe. These behaviors can include:
- Excessive barking or whining
- Excessive drooling or panting
- Destruction of property
- Going the bathroom in the house
These behaviors can be frustrating for not only the owner and neighbors but can also lead to harmful consequences to your dog. Finding your dog with a tooth missing or bloody paws is a scary experience we don’t want to have, so we must correct this behavior before it becomes more serious.
To fix any behavioral issue you must understand the root cause. In most cases, dogs that lack structure, trust and confidence in their owner are most susceptible to separation anxiety because the dog doesn’t feel safe and secure when they are alone. If they are left in a crate, they might have a negative association of their crate that triggers their anxiety.
The solution to this type of behavioral issue is simple…training! When you and your dog undergo training from Monument Dog Training we will start by building strong communication skills between you and your dog which leads to mutual trust. We will then set boundaries and a daily structure for your dog. Consequently, your dog will start to build confidence because it understands what is expected of them. Finally, we will create a positive association with the area they are kept when you are away from home. Whether it is in their crate or a designated room, we will use exercises to make that place their “safe place”. This will now be their place to relax and a place they enjoy going.
Separation anxiety is a serious issue that can start mild and progress to something more severe. With consistent training separation anxiety is an obtainable fix for any dog. If your dog is demonstrating any of the behaviors stated above when you leave your home please don’t wait. Give us a call at 202.318.1380.