1) Digging and scratching at doors or windows in an attempt to reunite with their owners
2) Destructive chewing
3) Howling, barking, and whining and
4) Urination and defecation (even housetrained dogs.
I don’t understand why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and others don't. But the behaviors are part of a panic response. Your dog isn't trying to punish you for leaving him alone.
Tips to help: ·
- Don't make a big deal out of arrivals and departures. For example, when you arrive home, ignore your dog for the first few minutes then calmly pet him. ·
- Leave your dog with an article of clothing that smells like you, such as an old T-shirt that you've slept in recently.
- Establish a safety cue—a word or action that you use every time you leave that tells your dog you'll be back.
- Consider using an over-the-counter calming product that may reduce fearfulness in dogs.·
- Create a "safe place" to limit your dog's ability to be destructive. A safe place should 1) Confine loosely rather than strictly in a room with a window and distractions rather than total isolation 2) Contain busy toys for distraction and 3) again the “smell factor” - have some of your dirty laundry on hand to lend a calming effect.
Still need help:
- Ask your veterinarian about drug therapy. A good anti-anxiety drug shouldn't sedate your dog but simply reduce his overall anxiety. ·
- Take your dog to a doggie day care facility or kennel when you have to be away. ·
- Leave your dog with a friend, family member, or neighbor when you're away. ·
- Take your dog to work with you, if possible.