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Separation Anxiety

Discussion in 'You Dog Tales' started by spence88, Mar 23, 2016.

Did your dog have separation anxiety?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    2 vote(s)
  1. spence88

    spence88 New Member

    Hi guys, did your dog have separation anxiety? Well, mine certainly did! A dog has separation anxiety if the dog gets or appears to get stressed when the owner leaves him/her alone. My dog had it when he was still a puppy. He will start to cry when we are about 5 meters apart, even if I am just going to the next room! Good thing we have a friend to help us deal with this problem. It was not solved instantly, however. It took weeks. And now he's grown to an adult, it is completely gone.

    How about you guys, did your dog also have it? How did you deal with it?
  2. oportosanto

    oportosanto Member

    I think that all dogs have separation anxiety for the simple reason we as humans also do. We have our loved ones and we feel stress when we are apart. Funny enough I deal with it the same way I would deal with a person, I sit down and talk to my dog and I explain what is about to happen. I want to believe he understands me. :)
  3. pwarbi

    pwarbi New Member

    I think it's only natural that your dog gets separation anxiety when your not around. A dog might be a man's best friend, but that works both ways and your probably their best friend aswell.

    Whenever you get back from wherever you've been you can tell by the welcome you get that they've missed you, but before you do go anywhere, all you can do is try and reassure them that you won't be gone long.
  4. rachklew

    rachklew New Member

    My dog is 9 years old and still always wants to be in a room where there are people. He freaks out and causes havoc when we aren't home! He was already around a year old when we rescued him so we aren't sure if he was the same way as a puppy.
  5. Ladyferoz

    Ladyferoz Member

    My puppy had it for a few weeks until we trained her. I made sure to give her a walk before leaving, exercise can help reduce the anxiety for your pet. There are various solutions for separation anxiety such as
    • Adequate exercise and training to stimulate their minds
    • Medicine provided by your vet to calm your dog in some cases
    • Crate training
  6. Valerie

    Valerie Member

    The dogs I've personally had experienced separation anxiety from time to time, but after a while, they got used to be on their own for a few hours. As long as I left them something special of mine (like a blanket that was on my bed or something) they would be happy.

    I've never seen a dog get separation anxiety as bad as my grandmother's dachshund Rusty, though. Goodness, whenever my grandparents would leave him with me, he'd spend the entire day sitting in front of the door, trembling like a fuzzy maraca. I'd try to get him to play, but he'd was obstinate and wouldn't leave the door. If I took him out for a bathroom break, he'd immediately run to where my grandparents had last parked the car, plunk down and refuse to move. On days where the weather was nice, he'd sit on the porch, staring at the road.

    All of his anxiety gave me anxiety haha.
  7. Fueledbycaffeine

    Fueledbycaffeine New Member

    My dog often gets very anxious when I'm not home, and I've seen him howl while waiting for me, however he's very well behaved and won't mess up the house when there's no one home. I do walk him before I leave, obviously, but I'm afraid he'll still be sad about being abandoned, since that's one of his past experiences, unfortunately.
  8. pwarbi

    pwarbi New Member

    Another way of curing the dogs anxiety is to make sure you try and stick to some sort of routine. If you go out and then come back at a certain time each day, it will get used to that pattern and even though it still not might like it when you go, your dog will eventually remember that you always come back.
  9. remnant

    remnant Member

    I remember one dog that used to follow me for long distances in the morning when I was going to work. He was young and was curious to know where I went in the morning. I realized that he was suffering from separation anxiety. I had to wistfully send him back home at some point so as not to expose him to traffic on the busy roads. I have seen hapless dogs chasing after their masters riding on bicycles for long distances in a bid to have their company. It is really a pitiful sight.
  10. rz3300

    rz3300 Member

    Of course we both separation anxiety when we are away, I think that i just natural. It definitely comes out more in them though, and I have two and the older one is way more demonstrative when it comes to the greetings at the door. I love that though, and it makes coming home that much better.
  11. spence88

    spence88 New Member

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Yes, I agree, I think every dog has separation anxiety, they just have different levels of severity I guess. I have to retract my previous statement, it's not completely gone for my dog. The best description would be, I think, that it has decreased greatly. Of course, he will still be sad if we leave him alone in the house, but all the barking, crying, scratching, and other things that he did before when he gets stressed are gone.
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  12. pwarbi

    pwarbi New Member

    Seeing as those traits are gone, the barking and crying, I think that's probably the best you can hope for, and even though the dog still misses you, it can control it's emotions more now. I'd also think that age aswell might have a lot to do with that.
  13. psanch

    psanch New Member

    I've seen this happen over and over again although not when you're dog's only over in the next room (unless it's new puppy you've just brought home). The hardest is when your dog won't eat if you're away. I remember we had to sit my uncle's Pomeranian and she would refuse to eat until he came back.
  14. heavymetalkilos

    heavymetalkilos New Member

    Our dog originally came from a home where she was abused and left alone for a long periods of time without any care. That's why when she came to us she was most of the time shaking if she saw us leaving somewhere. For us it was awful to watch since it made us feel really bad. That's the reason why my step-dad hardly leaves her alone since he feels obligated to keep her safe from that feeling. We did teach her that whenever we say 'I'm going to a store' she has no worries and we'll be back. That's why always when we leave, we'll say that and she doesn't start crying.

    Also, sometimes the situation can be much better if we leave a radio or something like that on for the time we're gone. She stresses out every single small noise that comes from the outside of our apartment, so that's why it's good that there's some kind of noise in the house.
  15. oportosanto

    oportosanto Member

    You may find this strange, but many times we can try to explain to the dog what is about to happen. Sure, he doesn't understand our words, but eventually it might work. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but many time life demands these situations.
  16. Shellatin

    Shellatin New Member

    My dog still has separation anxiety, but definitely not as bad as she used to. We've got a system worked out where if she even sees a piece of cheese she gets right in her kennel. I think getting her a kennel was key; I didn't think she would like it but she gets in there by choice and chews on her bone. It's her sanctuary and makes her comfortable, and we've always been sure not to punish her by using it so she doesn't associate it with that.
  17. pwarbi

    pwarbi New Member

    If your dog does suffer from separation anxiety then I'm sure you've done the right thing by getting her a kennel. She now as a place to go that she feels secure, and dogs like to have their own familiar surrounding, and that applies even more when they're nervous or anxious about something.
  18. thapa022

    thapa022 New Member

    My grandmother had a dog, and it would play with me and everything but as soon as I would leave, he would cry so much. I used to feel terrible leaving him. I guess it was because he was a puppy then and just wanted attention. But as he became an adult he was completely fine with it. I am happy to see that others have also had a similar experience.

    MUTTLIFE Member

    Puppies always have separation anxiety when they are completely alone. When there's a new puppy in our house, We usually leave it alone to sleep in a corner at the kitchen. It will cry anxiously for a few weeks, but afterwards It gets used to be alone sometimes and become more independent.

    Some breeds, even after reaching adulthood, don't handle loneliness pretty well. Such as pinscher, those doggies really love attention and they look for it in every opportunity they have.
  20. Liza

    Liza New Member

    I think that's one reason why we become so attached to our pets. They have feelings similar to ours, and we can identify with that. It actually makes for a really good owner, because you are not going to ignore, or forget to feed, or mistreat your BABY.

    And then they are family for life.

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