It can be easy to forget that in the eyes of your puppy, you are the entire world. When you head out the door, it can seem like that world is ending! This can result in scratching at the door, barking or howling excessively, chewing anything in reach or bathroom mishaps for some pups. All of these coping behaviours can be signs of separation anxiety.
To help your puppy learn that you'll always be back and they have no need to worry, you need to get them used to their alone time gradually. Our detailed guide offers solutions and methods to help you avoid issues of increased separation anxiety that can lead to other problems like stress, trouble with socialisation and lower levels of physical activity.
Read on to avoid this and learn how to ease your puppies separation anxiety, thanks to our expert tips.
IS SEPARATION ANXIETY COMMON IN PUPPIES?
Some puppies suffer separation anxiety, and some do not. While the reasons for this are unclear, previous traumatic separation or a single traumatic event while they were alone can be causes. Your pup's personality can also play a role, as can a sudden switch in schedule, absence of a family member, even moving to a new home - research suggests that a lack of daily exercise can also be a possible cause.
Regardless of causation, separation anxiety can be common trait that needs to be rectified as soon as possible. The goal is to reduce anxiety for both dog and owner when leaving the puppy home alone. The below information provides greater insight into separation anxiety and is a guide to help ease it.
How To Know If Your Puppy Is Suffering From Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety is a serious condition that creates high levels of stress for your puppy and often results in abnormal behaviour when left alone. Puppies may cry a little when you leave the house, but separation anxiety is usually explained by more extreme behaviours, such as:
- Destructive or disruptive behaviour
- Chewing items or tearing up the room
- Scratching or chewing of the door
- Continual barking and whining
- Bathroom accidents around the house
It’s important to note, these behaviours might not always be linked to separation anxiety. If your puppy hasn’t received sufficient training, or is currently going through puppy training then you may experience similar traits to the ones listed above.