3 signs your dog has separation anxiety

It is very common for dogs to suffer with separation anxiety – meaning they find it difficult and unsettling to be left alone. In this blog, we look at the tell tale signs that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety and how to treat it.


1.Destructive behaviour 


Do you often return home ready to kick back and relax, only to find your house tipped upside down? We’re talking shredded sofa, chewed up carpets and scratched doors. If this is the case with your dog, then they might have separation anxiety. 


2.Incessant barking 


If you notice that your dog is barking or howling more than usual, then they are probably trying to tell you something! This is a big indicator that your dog feels distressed – especially if your neighbours have noticed it more when you’ve been away from the house. If you think your dog might be hiding its anxiety, try installing a camera inside your home and see how they behave while you’re absent. 


3.Heightened emotions 


Does your fluffy friend flash you puppy dog eyes when you leave the house, and then lose their mind with excitement when you return? Guess what? Your dog probably loathes being left alone. 


How can I help my dog feel less anxious? 


  • Invest in a dog sitter
  • Leave a comfort toy out or something to entertain them such as meat-flavoured chew
  • Leave the TV on to keep your dog company – this will also reduce noise from outside coming in
  • Take your dog for exercise before going out so they aren’t restless


For further advice and guidance, check out this handy RSPCA leaflet


If you’ve tried everything you can and your dog is still exhibiting signs of separation anxiety, then it is a good idea to visit your local vet for a professional opinion. 


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