How to Know if my Dog has Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a relatively common problem in dogs. It can be caused or favored by various factors, but the animal's excessive attachment to its owner and the lack of habit to be alone is usually involved.

But could you recognize it? In this article, we explain how to tell if a dog has separation anxiety.

Before Leaving

Naturally, we leave the house simultaneously and follow a similar routine: put on our jacket, take keys, purse or backpack, etc. The dog detects and learns these signals. 

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House Shreds and Improper Disposal

In separation anxiety, it is characteristic that, while the owners are not at home, the animal destroys objects or furniture.

Excessive vocalizations, barking, and whining are also common. Inappropriate eliminations also often occur. That is, the animal urinates or defecates at home in places that are not allowed.

It should be noted that, in animals, punishment must be immediate to be effective, that is when we catch him red-handed doing what we want to correct.

Separation anxiety in dogs
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For this reason, it is useless to scold him when we get home for the damage he may have caused or for having done his business where it is not appropriate since the animal will not relate that call for attention to something done a while ago.

The Welcome

When the owners arrive home, the reception is usually exaggerated, extremely affectionate, and, on occasions, the dog may urinate due to emotion.

The Hyperapego

Hyperapego is usually common in separation anxiety cases since excessive dependence on the owner can contribute to the problem.

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Hyperapego is common in dogs accustomed to walking in their owners' arms or after a long illness of the animal, having been showered with love and attention by their owners. Dogs with hyperrealism usually follow their owner everywhere and do not take their eyes off him.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Uncomo