New Jersey Dog Separation Anxiety Training

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog separation anxiety is one of the most common canine behavior problems and is diagnosed in 20-40% of dogs in North America. With recurrent distress ranging in severity from mild anxiety to uncontrollable panic, it is one of the most difficult problem behaviors to overcome and is emotionally distressing for both dog and owner.

Is it Separation Anxiety or Just Boredom?

When left alone, dogs with separation anxiety will typically display a variety of behaviors or physiological signs showing that they are in distress. This may include:

  • Puddles of drool
  • Urination or defecation immediately after owner leaves (even with a housetrained dog)
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive vocalization (barking, whining, howling)
  • Extreme destruction of property (chewing/digging at doors or windows)
  • Excessive licking (to the point where the fur is gone and skin is raw)
  • Excessive pacing and/or panting
  • Sweaty paws
  • Constantly tries to escape from crate or penned area

When you ARE home, the dog may follow you from room to room and/or start getting anxious or depressed when you prepare to leave the house. At times, they may also showcase inappropriate behaviors.

Help With Excessive Barking, Property Destruction, Urination, Vomiting & More

Dog separation anxiety can be easily misdiagnosed, since boredom can also result in chewing, pawing, digging, and other unwanted behaviors.

Jersey Shore Dogs offers a simple, step-by-step treatment plan for dog or puppy separation anxiety based on the severity of your dog’s distress that will greatly reduce, and sometimes completely resolve, this issue. It is important to remember that you are not alone and with the right help and appropriate measures in place, your dog CAN get better.

If you think your dog might be suffering from some degree of separation anxiety, call us at (848) 208-2641 or email matt@jerseyshoredogtraining.com to discuss your dog’s case in more detail. Also check out the articles below:

Separation Anxiety in Dogs – Dr. Ian Dunbar

Separation Anxiety Syndrome in Dogs and Cats – Dr. Stephanie Schwartz

Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices

Separation Distress Syndrome – Victoria Stilwell

Separation Anxiety – The Humane Society of the United States

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