This issue is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I’m dealing with this issue for a dog I simply adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the issue isn’t treated or worked on it may result in more stressful issues. This issue isn’t seen in each dog.
Some of the signs to look for are:
Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more damaging than others.
Destructive like chewing on furniture or shoes, scratching, digging or going to the toilet on the flooring.
Barking, whining, Raccoon Poop, howling.
Depression, lack of appetite, difficulty breathing.
After you from room to room.
The dog starts running in circles as you’re preparing to leave.
Some dogs may try to escape out of the house to search for you.
Here are some strategies to decrease the separation anxiety on your dog.
For a shelter dog that’s been adopted is to have patience. The dog will learn new commands better to help fight the issue if he believes that the new house is safe, secure atmosphere. Need to bond with your puppy like playing and going on walks. This can help to use up his energy and plan to relax alone. Create a quiet safe area for the pet only. Over time your dog will learn that he is going to be secure in that space as you are gone.
Next is to maintain passing and coming low key. This might be hard in the beginning. For departing try to not look closely at the dog for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving the home. After coming home ignore the dog for a couple of minutes, than acknowledge him with a few calming petting or hugs.
Offer some more reassuring things for the dog by leaving a piece of clothing that will have your scent on it. This will help relax and some feeling of familiarity due to your scent. Also don’t forget to leave his favorite toys and treats. Purchase some treat games to him occupied and the mind mentally stimulating when you’re gone.
You could introduce a security cue for use such as”which you’ll be right back” for each time you leave the house. Start small with the safety cue when you’re going outside with the garbage. The majority of the time you’re only gone a couple of minutes. Than keep building up the time you’re away.
Initially practice your departure regular by gathering your things that you take every day with you and sit down. Repeat this routine until your pet show no signs of distress. This way you’re establishing a routine. Most dogs love having a daily routine with it master.
Do not be unkind to your dog by yelling or dismissing him. This might cause the problem to get worse. Try to calm him down with relaxing petting and talking softy to him in a low tone.
The best bit of advice is to be patient, consistent and persisted from the technique you’re using.
Separation anxiety isn’t a consequence of lack of instruction or disobedience but it is a panic response.