How To Prepare Your Dog For Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety

Signs and Symptoms of Dog Separation Anxiety

  1. Urinating and Defecating- One of the most common symptoms of separation anxiety is urinating and defecating in the house when the animal is left alone.
  2. Chewing- Dogs suffering from separation anxiety will take their frustrations out on random objects around the house, such as chairs, couches, shoes, and rugs.
  3. Digging- Some dogs will also dig at window sills and door frames when they are locked up alone at home. Trying to escape is a common sign of separation anxiety.
  4. Barking- Another very common symptom of separation anxiety is barking and howling. A dog who is upset at being left alone may start to bark and howl as soon as their owner shuts the front door behind them.
  5. Pacing the floor- Some dogs will walk around in a specific path when their owners are gone. They may either walk in a straight line or in circular patterns.

How to Reduce Dog Anxiety

  1. Automatic Dog Feeder — Every dog loves to eat, so why not let them get used to a meal after you leave? Buy an automatic dog feeder and program it to feed your dog right after you leave the house. The act of eating will take their mind off of the fact that you have left them alone. They will also get used to being fed after you leave and will get used to the routine. You can check out what The Pampered Pup has to say for a thorough guide of the top feeders out there.
  2. Compression Wraps — Compression wraps are often used on dogs who get scared during thunderstorms or fireworks. However, they can also help a dog who is scared of being separated from their owner. The gentle, continuous pressure of the wrap has been known to reduce fear and anxiety in dogs.
  3. Change Your Greetings — Make sure that you greet your dog in a very calm manner when you leave and when you come home. Give your pup a quick pat on the head and a goodbye before you leave, and do the same when you arrive home. Do not give him a lot of attention the minute you walk in the door. Instead, wait until he has calmed down to really give him the hugs and kisses he wants.
  4. Ask for Help — If you are going to be out of your house for hours at a time post-quarantine, consider having a pet sitter come to your home once a day to give your dog some attention. If they can walk your pup, even better. A tired dog will not be as upset as a bored, energetic one. Finally, don’t be afraid to talk to your vet about separation anxiety. They can help you put together a personal plan for your dog and his response to your absence.

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