Separation-anxiety is extremely stressful for those who suffer from it!
Our pets have no idea why we need to leave home for extended periods each day. We also aren’t able to tell them that we’ll definitely be back again, so during the long hours that they’re alone for each day, dogs who battle with this horrible affliction will wait for their family to return home, focusing on little else. Sometimes out of panic and worry they’ll resort to vocal or destructive behaviours in order to try cope with their stress.
If your dog suffers from separation-anxiety, please get him or her some help! You’ll be doing your best friend a great favour!
- An over-attachment to a specific person. Will follow them around to be as close as possible, in order to know their whereabouts at all times.
- The dog seeks repetitive reassurance by regularly asking for contact.
- Sometimes shows stressed behaviour when the person gets ready to leave – uneasiness, trembling, pacing and even panting or vocalisation.
- Excessive greeting when the person arrives home – jumps up, vocal and sometimes even urinating.
- Sometimes the dog will bark or howl to call the person back home.
- In severe cases dogs will destroy furniture, pull washing from the line, tear bedding, chew furniture, garden fittings, window frames, doors etc.