Don't Ignore these 5 Signs from Your Dog
People with separation anxiety disorder have an attachment to a loved one that is so intense that when they are apart from that person, they become extremely anxious. The anxiety level and coping mechanism varies. Many pet owners don’t realize that our pets, especially dogs can develop separation anxiety as well. Usually the signs are subtle and overlooked because the behaviors stop when you’re back home.
Here are 5 signs that you can be on the lookout for if you suspect your dog may have separation anxiety.
1. Destructive behavior
After a long day of coming home, you might find your dog has chewed up your favorite pair of shoes or an item of yours. That’s the last thing you need after a long day at work and you feel your dog has done it out of spite. Contrary to that belief, your dog did not do that because they are naughty but it’s a sign that they may be suffering from separation anxiety. The act of chewing something is a coping mechanism for dogs. They ‘target’ your personal items because your scent calms them a little bit while you’re away. This is all just a way of telling you that your dog misses you.
2. Repetitive “accidents”
Your pup has been potty trained and never has any accidents while you’re at home. But whenever you leave and return home, you always find some sort of ‘accident’ around the house. This is another common sign of separation anxiety. This happens because when dogs are stressed, their stress hormones take over their body, making it difficult for them to control their bladder. Therefore leading to ‘accidents’ around the house.
3. Escaping confined area or cage
Before you leave the house, you triple check to make sure you shut the cage or secure the barrier to keep your dog within a confined space. But for some reason when you return home, you still find your dog has escaped the cage or confined space. If this is a common recurrence, it isn’t likely that your dog got lucky and escaped. When your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, they panic from not being able to see you so they’ll do everything they can to escape their current environment in hopes to find you. Pay attention to if your dog has injuries, such as broken teeth or nails, to confirm if that’s the case.
4. Excessive barking or howling
This one is harder to be aware of because when your dog sees you, they’ll stop barking or howling. One thing to look out for is if your neighbors are complaining about barking or howling during the day time while you’re away. You might not think twice and dismiss the idea that it is your dog because it’s out of character for your dog to bark. But the truth may be that it is your dog barking because they are anxious that they can’t see you.
5. Unusual pacing
This is another difficult one to track or notice because your dog will likely stop this behavior when you return home. If possible, set up a doggy cam and check in on your dog every now and then to see if they pace around a certain area in an unusual way. It will be hard to notice at first but pay attention to odd pacing such as a repetitive circular pattern or a straight line pattern in specific places in your house.
If your dog shows a few of these signs, it’s likely that your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety. There’s no need to over worry because there are many ways to help your dog. Many people will default to giving their dog medication because it is a quick and temporary solution to the problem. However we prefer a more natural solution that has no side effect for our dogs. Our Calming Hemp Treats are made with a fast-acting, water-soluble ingredient that has a high absorption rate. This helps your dog calm down much quicker compared with other pet CBD products. If you’d like to learn more about the Pawssible Calming Hemp Treat, click here to find out more about our product.