Since German Shepherds are so loyal, separation anxiety is an issue many experience if not dealt with from an early age. Separation anxiety can stike in different levels. It usually begins with your dog barking when you leave your home.

If the anxiety issue is allowed to escalate, the problems can get worse, like barking nonstop, destroying furniture and other belongings, and generally creating a mess in the home.

What is the reason for German Shepherd Separation Anxiety?

Dogs inherited the pack animal instinct from wolves. As a result, they put a high level of importance on the bond they have with their owner. Dogs feel alone and abandoned when you leave them, a behavior called dog separation anxiety.

Without knowing it, it is simple for an owner to actually make the condition worse. Your dog may become unhappy when you leave him alone, but it should be cause for him to get irritated.

By giving your German Shepherd affection just before leaving you are actually reinforcing the behavior. This repeat behavior, contributes to and increases the issue to the point where the dog begins to lose control of how it reacts to situations.

Decreasing German Shepherd Separation Anxiety

Fortunately, there are some steps you as the owner, can do to reduce your dog's feelings of anxiety when you go out. Here are some things to try:

* Changing Rituals - dogs will notice and react to behavior they see over and over. They will begin to pickup on the things you systematically do every time you get ready to leave the house. So think about changing things around. Don't rattle your keys. You are trying to reduce the actions you would normally do that might alert your dog to the idea that you are leaving.

* Allowing the Behavior - Don't consol your pet just before leaving. Understate the departure and return. When you return, dismiss your dog for a few minutes. Room separation and crate training are excellent ways to deal with dog separation anxiety.

* Alternating Your Away Time - practice leaving for short intervals Leave for a few minutes and then return. The idea is to adapt the dog to the fact that you might leave for 5 minutes or 5 hours, but you will return. So, adjust the time you are away consistently in order to keep you Shepherd guessing.