If your furry best friend gets all worked up when you’re leaving, He/She could well have separation anxiety.
The one person dog bond can be just as strong as person-to-person love.
It’s very hard to say whether such a thing as becoming too attached exists.
That’s a debate for more qualified people than I.
However, if you suspect your dog has become too attached and exhibits signs of separation anxiety as below.
Separation anxiety: Signs of over attachment
So you think your dog has become too attached to you?
Then they are probably misbehaving when you get ready to leave and when you’re not there. If your dog exhibits destructive or disruptive behaviours during these times, separation anxiety is most likely to blame.
Common signs include following you incessantly from room to room, over-enthusiastic greetings when you return.
Also panicking when you get ready to leave. Howling and other noisy and disturbing vocalisations.
Toileting inside, pacing circling, chewing furniture and other items, scratching at doors or windows. Knocking things over and otherwise destroying your house and possessions during your absence.
See the Vet
If the causes for concern always occur when you’re about to leave, while you’re not home or when your dog is crated or isolated, it’s a safe bet separation anxiety is the problem.
Having said that various health concerns can make your dog act in this way. Your dog may have a condition interfering with bladder or bowel control, for example, or she may be experiencing canine cognitive dysfunction, medication side effects or something else.
Make an appointment to see your vet. Discuss the issue, get a vets diagnosis and assuming it’s separation anxiety develop a treatment plan for your four-legged friend’s problem.
Separation anxiety too attached?
Nobody knows for sure what causes separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety is a disorder and a psychological problem, just as it would be in humans. It’s not that your dog is too attached to you,
The condition is not a lack of proper training and your dog isn’t lashing out at you.
Punishment, scolding, crating, obedience school, leaving the TV on while you’re gone or getting another furry companion for your dog won’t help.
Certain things can trigger the condition. Loss of a loved one, a new home or major environmental changes. Your dog could be new to being left alone more often or for longer times can be causes.
Things like normal scheduled disruptions and other sources of stress or traumatic experiences may set off separation anxiety.
How to Help
Talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medicine.
Supplements and techniques to manage the situation while you address it. Spend more time with your dog, especially right before going out.
Take your dog for a walk before leaving for a long time. Desensitise the dog to your absence by going out for a few minutes and then gradually increasing the time you’re away.
Provide toys for your dog to play with while you’re out and see that muttly is well exercised and stimulated through most of the the day. Try to abate the association between putting on your shoes and grabbing your keys and leaving.
Doing these things frequently and then not actually going out. Keep your greetings and goodbyes low key, ignoring your dog until it calms down upon your return is a help also.
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