Similarly to us, our dogs are also susceptible to feel distressed under certain circumstances. Many dogs grow significantly attached to their owners, to the extent that when their owners leave them by themselves, they might react negatively. This is commonly referred to separation anxiety, and may include a variety of different symptoms.
The most common symptoms that illustrate dogs’ distress due to separation anxiety are urinating, trying to escape, and becoming destructive. Dogs who tend to exessively chew on furniture or destroy household objects in the absence of their owner may be experiencing stress from being left alone. Persistent barking and all around misbehavior whenever alone is a common indication of separation anxiety.
While there is no exact cause for dogs to feel this way, there are certain things that encourage this behavior. For example, dog owners tend to make a big deal whenever we get home and see our pets. For some dogs, this may create anticipation to meeting their owners again. Lack of exercise and boredom can also lead to this type of behavior, amongst others.
To prevent or reduce the symptoms caused by separation anxiety, dog owners can dedicate more time to their dogs before leaving for extended periods of time. Exercising your dog before leaving will result in him being relaxed and slightly tired while alone. Training your dog with tricks and class-based training may also teach him more about patience and discipline. After continously doing these, the dog may ease into a more comfortable state when left alone.