dog anxiety

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

What is dog separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety can happen to all dog’s and is when they suffer extreme stress from the time you leave your home until the time you return.

What are the signs of separation anxiety in dog’s?

  • Anxious behaviours
  • Panting or drooling
  • Pacing
  • Excessive barking or howling
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Attempts to escape in desperation

Separation anxiety can sometimes be confused with normal puppy behaviour. It is important not to confuse it with boredom.

What causes separation anxiety?

Puppies are prone to separation anxiety as they are with their mother and siblings for the first 8 weeks of their lives and they are not used to being alone. Other dog’s who are used to spending a lot of time with their owners and suddenly are left without them can trigger separation anxiety which was seen a lot after lockdown. Understimulation can also contribute to separation anxiety. When puppies aren’t getting enough exercise, mental stimulation, or social interaction, they can become bored, lonely, and get a build-up of excess energy, which can quickly turn into frustration and anxiety. Dog’s who have previously been abandoned may also be prone to separation anxiety for obvious reasons. Other triggers include life changes, illnesses or trauma.

How can I help my dog with separation anxiety?

Not only is it exhausting for your dog but it is exhausting for an owner to see their much loved pet in such distress. Some training is needed to help your dog overcome their separation anxiety. See below

  • Crate Training- can help create a safe space for your dog as long as it is done correctly
  • Desensitisation- leaving for short periods of time and prolonging them each time. Give them a special treat before you leave
  • Exercise- burn off that high energy so they are more likely to settle down
  • Do not encourage or reward clingy behaviour
  • Medication or supplements in severe cases

At the Power Paws Club our team of experts designed a dog gift box specifically to aid separation anxiety training for dogs.

Our Dog Anxiety box includes a a lick mat proven to reduce boredom and ease stress. We also have a calming toy included infused with lavender scents.

See more information on our gift box here.