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Remedies for Dog Separation Anxiety

Aug 13, 2008
Contrary to popular belief, our family pets can suffer from anxiety just as much as their human counterparts. Anxiety is a response to stress and nothing can bring out anxiety in a dog as much as separation from an owner. Needless to say, a great deal of panic can set in with a family dog that seriously misses it owner. Also, the separation does not even have to be very long in duration. Some dogs may fly into separation anxiety panic simply waiting for an owner to return home from work. This can lead to the dog causing serious damage in the home. Obviously, this would not be a good situation. So, it would be wise to take a few dog house training steps to reduce the onset of separation anxiety.

Dogs are considered pack animals, so they prefer to be part of a group, and have a "pack leader" to follow and look up to. The dog's owner becomes the "pack leader" in the eyes of the dog, and when the leader isn't there to follow, the dog feels abandoned. This abandonment leads to anxiety and frustration which the dog has to deal with, the only way he knows how, what we call bad behavior.

Positive indications of separation anxiety are bad behavior primarily when your dog is left alone, he follows you everywhere you go, he becomes overexcited when you return home, he becomes excited or depressed when you prepare to leave home, or if he dislikes being alone out of doors.

Separation anxiety is not due to disobedience or lack of training. It is an instinctive behavior and should not be punished. The key to treating this problem is to gradually train or condition your dog to get used to your absence. When you leave home or return home make it a low key event.

There are many different holistic alternatives for the treatment of dog separation anxiety. They can be found in most health food stores and are widely available on the Internet. If you are interested in finding the best treatment for your dog, you may want to discuss your treatment options with your veterinarian or holistic practitioner.
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