Dog Separation Anxiety: There is Hope

If your fur baby is experiencing separation anxiety; you are not alone. Separation anxiety is one of the most common concerns among pet parents. As you know, our pets experience the same feelings we do as humans. They feel happy, loved, excited, pleased, sad, & lonely, and stressed/anxious....

Cheryl Douglas · March 09, 2022

Dog Separation Anxiety: There is Hope

 

If your fur baby is experiencing separation anxiety; you are not alone. Separation anxiety is one of the most common concerns among pet parents. As you know, our pets experience the same feelings we do as humans. They feel happy, loved, excited, pleased, sad, & lonely, and stressed/anxious. Our furry companions show these emotions through their body language, and it is our responsibility as pet parents to pay attention. Here are just a few behaviors to look for:

  • Urinating indoors
  • Barking, growling or howling
  • Irritability and/or pacing 
  • Attempting to escape
  • Chewing 
  • Digging

If your pooch is anything like our boy, Sonic, he does not do well when his dog mom, Katie leaves the house. Even when there are other family members present in the house, Sonic shows signs of Mild Separation Anxiety (MSA) when Katie leaves. Not only do we reassure Sonic that his mom is coming back, but we have also found that distracting him with a puzzle toy works wonders.  We offer Sonic his favorite puzzle toy with his favorite Freeze Dried Beef Nuggets inside. This keeps him preoccupied with something positive until his mom returns. When Katie returns, we remove the toy puzzle right away. Removing the puzzle helps him associate something positive when he is separated from Katie. This is also known as Counter Conditioning. Something else that you can try is playing soft music while you are away. This can help to decrease mild anxiety symptoms as well. 

Then there is Moderate to Severe Anxiety. You may have to get more creative if your pet experiences these types of anxiety. In addition to puzzle toys and/or playing soft music, try leaving your pet for shorter periods and then gradually increase the time you are away. This can start with leaving for a matter of seconds, and then gradually increasing to minutes, and eventually hours. (Please keep in mind that most experts agree you shouldn't leave your adult dog alone for more than eight to 10 hours.)

Many pet parents have also found that CBD naturally infused dog treats can help calm your stressed out pooch. However, you need to do your research and be sure you are purchasing these treats from a trusted and reputable company. We personally love the CBD infused treats from 401Kanine https://401kanine.com. They are lab tested and certified, made in the USA, all organic and most importantly, dog approved. 

Caring for a pet with Separation Anxiety, whether mild or severe can be very challenging and time consuming, but don't give up, and remember, with lots of patience and consistency, there is hope that your fur baby can overcome his/her anxiety. 

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Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl joined the BARF® World family in 2017. She offers strong Administrative Support to the BARF® World office, handles our Logistic needs, as well as Customer Service and Sales. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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