If you have a puppy, you have certainly gone through that difficult situation in which your pet looks at you with sadness and frustration at the moment when you prepare to leave the house, indicating separation anxiety.
Although this disorder is common, it is necessary to be attentive and seek the appropriate treatment. From that, your pet can recover without major problems.
What is separation anxiety?
It is completely natural that your puppy does not like to be alone, after all, this animal is quite sociable.
However, there are cases where the idea of loneliness can be much more than simple discomfort.
Pets can be very afraid and have frightening thoughts that arouse dependence in the presence of the guardian.
When this kind of panic takes over a dog’s behavior, we call it separation anxiety.
Why is that?
Separation anxiety can often occur because of the relationship the animal has with its guardian.
When we create a very close bond with our pet, it is important to always be aware of the necessary care and limits. Thus, we prevent the pet from absorbing all this contact in a negative way.
Agitation, sadness, barking and excessive crying, and in some cases, aggressiveness, can cause the dog with separation anxiety to destroy the environment during his absence and more than that, hurt himself in that period.
In more extreme cases, the dog can become listless, isolated and even catatonic from the moment you prepare to leave until your arrival.
All of these factors pose serious risks to the animal’s health.
What to do?
Check out below practical tips for dealing with separation anxiety:
- Help your pet spend energy before leaving: the more attention your pet receives before leaving, exercising and playing, the less likely it is that he will feel restless when you leave.
- Avoid long and dramatic goodbyes: be aware of your behavior when saying goodbye to your pet, if you show a dramatic attitude your dog will understand that this is a sad moment for you and will act accordingly.
- Offer entertainment: to avoid agitation when you are away, leave some toys in place so that your pet can have fun on its own and learn that this is a moment that should be taken advantage of.
- Try changing your preparation routine: try to change the step by step of your exit a little, inverting the order of your actions and deconstructing that pattern that indicates to your pet that you are leaving the house, thus, it will give less importance to that moment.
Are you really helping?
Another essential point is to check if you are creating triggers that concern your dog.
You can believe that the most important point to allow your pet to get rid of these harmful feelings is to work on its attitude.
In addition to the issues mentioned above, remember not to celebrate or act extremely cheerful whenever you return home. This can cause your dog to make wrong associations at that time.
Above all else, go to your veterinarian. Only that professional will know how to guide you properly.
We wish you good luck!