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separation anxiety in dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Would not a world without dogs be crazy? Not only that, but many people would be lonely if we would not have our favorite canine companions. Fortunately, nearly every household in America has at least one dog.

Dogs are animals that need special care and expect extra attention from us, people. When compared with cats, dogs are more showy and active with their companions. Cats, on the other hand,  just lie and sleep the majority of the time, and only move toward you to get pet or to ask for food. Most of the time, cats would sleep or groom themselves.

Dogs are different. They are playful. They interact with other people and other animals as well. They show appreciation for their owners in many ways. Men and dogs have actually become ultimate partners by assisting one another and enjoying their pack relationship.

Dogs are used also outside homes, for example in law enforcement. Sometimes, the police will have canine units helping them in trying to find different substances or dangerous objects. K-9 units are additionally utilized to seek out missing people.  If well trained, these dogs can also be used as special detectives or in identifying possible crime suspects by tagging the smell.

Additionally, individuals with impaired eyesight or suffering from other disabilities reap the benefits of specially trained dogs. In the case of the visually impaired, however, these dogs serve as the “eyes” of their blind master(s). These dogs enable blind people to live lives which are relatively normal by allowing them to leave their homes and revel in the outdoors much like others who are able to see.

Naturally, different dogs have different personalities. A large part of this certainly depends on their breed or family history. From being as a puppy to becoming an adult dog, they have been with their master(s). This type of person is familiar to dogs and the way they live everyday. A dog’s everyday routine is usually determined by their master's lifestyle.

However, some dogs experience anxiety that becomes almost immediate when they are left alone by their master. If they are kept alone, these dogs can become destructive, which is their way of expressing loneliness or frustration. This behavior is called separation anxiety in dogs. Dogs can be restless and bored. When left alone, they can possibly get their paws and teeth on anything from slippers, to furniture, to other objects based in the home if they see that their master isn't around.

By chewing on the settee, and sometimes, even the door, these are two of the many signs and symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs. This can also be shown when they chew on particular things which have the master's smell such as socks or shoe. Other symptoms to look out for would be barking that is continuous, uncontrolled marking their territory and other ways to get master's attention.

Probable causes for such behavior often include dogs that were not correctly socialized or dogs which have lived in different houses. Keeping this in mind, owners should simply take a close look to see if their dog begins display anxious behavior when they are left alone.

Coping with separation anxiety in dogs

Coping with separation anxiety in dogs can be serious, if maybe not threatening for your sofa or carpet.

Start out with a “no-goodbye” technique.  Owners should not give their dogs any hugs before they leave the home. This will only make the dog miss attention from the owner more.

Another tip is keeping some toys or goodies that will assist your puppy entertain themselves when left alone, therefore taking their attention away from anxiety.

Separation anxiety in dogs is a symptom, not a cause. A symptom of some possible mistakes done earlier, when training them as a puppy. With proper dog training the anxiety can successfully be reduced and finally alleviated even in adult dogs.

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