Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs


Separation anxiety is a common problem in dogs, and it can be very distressing for both you and your pet. It’s important to understand what separation anxiety is, but even more important is knowing how to treat it. In this blog post, I’ll discuss signs of separation anxiety in dogs, what causes the condition and how to help your dog overcome it.

Watch for signs of separation anxiety.

If you think your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, there are several signs to look for. These include whining, barking, pacing and chewing. Dogs who feel stressed may also urinate or defecate in the house as well. If your dog is whining or barking when you leave the house, don’t assume that it’s because of a bad experience he had with another animal or person in the past. He might be trying to tell you that he’s feeling stressed about being left alone at home!

Get your dog used to being alone.

First, it’s important to get your dog used to being alone. To do so, you should do the following:

  • Take your dog into a quiet room and close the door. Sit in front of the door and praise him or her when he or she is calm. Wait until he or she is relaxed before opening the door again if he/she starts barking or whining because he/she doesn’t want you to leave. Repeat this exercise several times a day until your dog no longer barks when he/she sees you leaving; if possible try doing this for about 10 minutes at a time so that it doesn’t feel like too much at once for both of you! You can also try leaving without saying goodbye so that this isn’t such an emotional situation for either party involved – just remember not too far away from each other though! It’s important they learn how not only accept but enjoy these moments together as well as apart too.”

Walk your dog before leaving the house.

  • Walk your dog before leaving the house.
  • Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and even help dogs deal with separation anxiety.
  • When dogs are stressed, they often become destructive or bark excessively, which can be very annoying for anyone living in the same household as them.

Leave your dog with a food puzzle toy.

If you’re a dog parent who’s away from your pup more than you’d like to be, you know that trying to find new ways to keep your pup occupied and distracted is key. Food puzzle toys are a great way to do this! Here’s how it works: food puzzle toys have small compartments where treats can be hidden. Your dog needs to figure out how to open these compartments in order for the treat inside them (or multiple treats) to appear.

These types of toys usually come in different levels of difficulty, so make sure that the one you choose isn’t too difficult for your dog—if it is, he’ll get frustrated and give up before reaching his goal. Also make sure that whatever toy you get will fit comfortably in his mouth so he doesn’t swallow it by accident!

Give your dog a treat every time you leave the house.

Your dog may be less anxious about being left alone if you give him a treat every time you leave the house. This doesn’t mean that you should only give your pup a treat when he is feeling happy and calm, but instead reward him for good behavior. You could even use treats as part of an exercise routine or playtime with friends and family members!

If your pooch has a favorite treat, then try leaving it out for him when it’s time for you to go out so he can have something to look forward to while all alone at home.

Try leaving a shirt with your scent on it while you’re away.

  • When you’re away, leave a shirt with your scent on it in a place where your dog can see and smell it. This could be in the same room as their bed, or even just hanging on a hanger near the door.
  • If possible, also allow them to sleep on top of (or near) the shirt while you’re gone! This will help make it feel like they are getting some of your company while you are away.
  • Try to avoid leaving clothes with heavy smells like perfume or cologne – those might cause your pooch anxiety when they return home from work/school/traveling etc..
  • Leave the shirt there for as long as possible while still being able to find out if it’s working for him/her – if not try another method below!

Take steps to minimize stress in your dog’s life.

By taking steps to minimize stress in your dog’s life, you can help him to feel more secure and comfortable. Some ways to do this include:

  • Minimizing the number of times your dog is left alone. If you need to leave the house for more than a few hours at a time, consider hiring a pet sitter or dog walker so that he won’t be alone for longer than necessary.
  • Establishing a routine for when you are home together. This may mean giving him treats at certain times of day, or going through certain rituals before leaving (like playing fetch), which will help him feel safe and secure when you’re away from home. It’s also important that everyone who interacts with your dog follow the same rules—if one person gives treats during dinner but another doesn’t, it can make dogs anxious because they don’t know what will happen next!
  • Eliminating stressful situations by keeping them out of sight while they’re happening (for example, if construction work is going on outside their window). If necessary, consider moving temporarily into another room until things quiet down outside again; this may seem extreme but could be beneficial both emotionally AND physically (not being able to hear noise could help sleeping patterns!) Remember: dogs aren’t deaf just because they can’t hear human voices — they have other senses too!

Get help if your dog’s anxiety doesn’t improve.

If your dog shows symptoms of separation anxiety, it is important to take them seriously. Although many dogs with separation anxiety can be successfully treated at home, if you have concerns about your dog’s behavior you should consult with a veterinarian or other experienced animal care professional.

If your dog’s condition does not improve after trying some basic strategies (see below), consider seeing a trainer or behaviorist for further assistance. As always, this consultation should be free of charge and include written details about the session so that you can review it later if necessary. If necessary, medication may also be considered as part of an overall treatment plan; consult with a veterinarian familiar with veterinary medications before giving any drugs to your pet.[2]

Dogs with separation issues may require special care and treatment options, but most can recover via gradual changes over time.

Dogs with separation issues may require special care and treatment options, but most can recover via gradual changes over time. The best way to help your dog is to be consistent and patient. The more you practice, the easier it becomes.


If your dog is showing signs of separation anxiety, it’s important to take steps to help them. By following these tips and being patient with your pet—even if they seem resistant at first—you can give them a better chance at recovery. Your dog will feel happier, healthier and safer as a result!

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