One of the most common problems a canine behaviorist handles is separation anxiety. It is easy to become frustrated when your dog has separation anxiety, and that frustration can be sensed by your dog making the situation that much more difficult.
Separation anxiety in dogs is a very common condition and can be extremely distressing for both the dog and its owner. It is estimated that 10% of all dogs suffer from separation anxiety, although it could be as high as 20%.
Separation anxiety in dogs is not a new problem, however it has only recently been recognized by vets and scientists.
SYMPTOMS OF SEPARATION ANXIETY
Separation anxiety has a variety of symptoms but most commonly involves:
- Excessive salivation
- Excessive vocalization (whining, barking, howling)
- Chewing items in the house
- Urinating/defecating in the house
- Scratching the walls and floor in an attempt to escape
- Depression-like behavior