Dogs suffering from separation anxiety can display destructive behavior when left alone. Barking, howling, and destroying household objects, chewing, digging, and even urinating are some of the behaviors that can be displayed.
Dogs can panic and try to escape their owners by digging at windows or doors. This happens when the owner leaves the dog at home. It can also happen when the dog sees small signs of the owner leaving.
Dogs with behaviorist separation anxiety often react to their owners' return with hyperactivity after being left alone for a while. Dogs with separation anxiety will often follow their owners from one room to the next to ensure they are not left alone.
Owners may find that a distraction is helpful in relieving anxiety. This could be as simple as leaving the radio on for the dog to hear people talking or giving them a toy or treat ball. It can help with severe separation anxiety to have the dog unaware that you are leaving.
Dogs will usually notice little signs, such as the owner putting on shoes or picking up the keys. This can lead to panic in dogs with separation anxiety. You can make it seem like you're leaving the house by leaving your shoes at home or not doing your usual leaving routine.
After waiting 10 minutes, return to your house. This helps to reduce the dog's fear of separation. It is important to ensure that the dog's departure and arrival are always calm. If the owner reacts excitedly to the dog, it can increase the dog's excitement.
Dogs with separation anxiety should feel comfortable with short absences. Daily routines such as getting the paper or going to the bathroom can help to ease the dog's fear. You must take it slow at first. It all depends on how severe the problem is.