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Canine Separation Anxiety: Is Your Dog Too Attached to You?

By Edited Oct 9, 2015 0 0

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Being entirely alone can be genuinely frightening, specially when you are a kid. An instinctive reaction of a child if left alone is to cry. We have all been through this when we were young, We were constantly glued to our parents, particularly to our moms. We don't want to be departed from them. This is human instinct because when we were born, our mom is the first soul that we lay our eyes on. As a matter of fact, we've already forged an attachment while we were still within our mother's womb.

Being left alone can be really emotional and nerve-wracking. It can be a hard experience. But this fear of being isolated isn't only entirely felt by human beings. Animals are no exclusion. Even dogs, regarded to be man's best friend, suffer the same emotional plight.

Dogs are by nature social animals, they're pack animals. Like infants that develop a bond to their mothers, dogs, too, develop a very strong attachment with their canine female parents. These puppies would only prefer to be with their turf, where the female parent or father can defend them or supply food through the female dog's mammary glands. But once this canine family bond is dissolved, the dog instantly turns its attention to their owner or caretaker.

Dogs that get too dependent on their owners also don't want to be left behind. Once dogs are left alone by their owners, they get really upset. As "dog depression" sets in, they become fidgety and even destructive. This condition is known as Separation Anxiety.

Separation anxiety in dogs is among the basic canine behavioral problems encountered by veterinarians and veteran dog breeders. Dogs can develop separation anxiety a great deal faster if they don't have adequate "socialization". It can also happen if a dog is repeatedly removed from one owner to another. Dogs that came from animal shelters and dogs that underwent traumatic events such as being in the home during a fire, during a burglary attempt, or while an alarm system sounded could show signs of anxiety.

A dog suffering from separation anxiety will get exceedingly anxious and distressed. A few signs of distress in your dog might include any of the following:

· Unreasonable barking and whining when left behind

· Ceaseless chewing on assortment of things and destroys objects

· Urinate, defecate and vomit in different areas in the house.

· Calls for too much attention from you when you're at home

· Becomes overly excited when you come back home

Dogs that fail to cope with a sudden change in surroundings may also acquire separation anxiety. It's often hard to treat this condition since the behavior only occurs when the owner is not around. It can also be appalling when the owner leaves for a lengthened period of time.

Experts say that there are medications that can hold back anxiety. These are oftentimes used on dogs with terrible separation anxiety or when owners simply should leave the dog alone for a lengthy period while treatment is being done. The use of drugs allows for the dog to spend lengthy periods of time free of anxiety. A veterinarian should be conferred with for further information regarding the use of safe and efficient anxiety- suppressing drugs.

These are additional ways to reduce separation anxiety in your dog:

· Make arrivals and departures very subdued

· Make your dog something to do while he is alone

· Plan your way out

· Turn on a radio or TV so he can hear human voices when left alone

· Restrict your dog in a crate that will also serve him as shelter

· Take your dogs for an exercise

It is necessary to take prompt measures once you suspect that your dog has this condition. Consult a veterinarian and inquire about a dog stress treatment program. Remember that your pet's disorder can be addressed and that they also need right care and attention. So, if you detected that your dog is so stuck on you, you could consider taking your "best friend" to the veterinarian.

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