How to Treat Dog Separation Anxiety
As a professional dog behaviourist, who works with many veterinary practises, I encounter many cases of dogs who need help in one way or another. By far, the most complex cases I deal with are dogs with separation anxiety issues. It can be a very emotional situation not only for the dog, but the owner and family alike. Often times I find owners not knowing what to do to help their dog, or even be aware of some basic steps to start helping their dog at home.
Many feel as if they will never be able to leave home because of their dog’s panicked state. Don’t despair, there is help for separation anxiety in dogs but there are some steps you can take at home to help as well. As you read on, you will see why I recommend working with a professional, but I also know not everyone will or is able to do so. At the end of the day helping your dog slowly overcome the anxiety is what is important. To set your dog up for success, you need to identify the issue and prep them for training as best as possible.