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.
What is separation anxiety, exactly? Separation anxiety is often thought to be simply as a dog who becomes upset when their guardian leaves the house. This is not always the case, though. A dog can experience separation anxiety, in severe cases, by their guardian just leaving the room.
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