More family time at home can be a joy for humans and pups alike: it means more pets, more playtime, and more attention and activities throughout the day with our four-legged friends. Unfortunately, negative behaviors can quickly surface if we humans abruptly leave our dogs alone or crated more often as we return to our normal routines. A little preparation, however, can avoid or mitigate potential issues and keep the good vibes going when your schedule shifts.
Dogs are creatures of habit – if their humans are around the house more regularly, they become conditioned to expect our presence. When kids return to school and adults return to work, pups do not understand why they are being left alone more often. The ensuing confusion may manifest itself in Separation Anxiety, a complex behavioral issue.
What Does Separation Anxiety Look Like?
There are several indicators of Separation Anxiety, including:
- Vocalization (excessive howling and barking)
- Inappropriate toileting
- Destructive behavior (like chewing and digging)
- Excessive panting, pacing and drooling
- Over-excitement when family members return home
Separation Anxiety cases range from mild to severe, but even minor ones can have a negative effect on your dog’s well-being
How Can We Avoid It?
You don’t need to be away from home to reacclimate your dog to alone time – you can practice separation while still around the house today! Click here for more information