Leaving our furry friends alone at home can be heartbreaking and stressful. But it is also stressful coming home to find the garbage all over the floor, the couch legs in splinters and an angry note from the neighbors on the door (‘Your dog was howling again!’).
Even the most sweet-tempered, well-behaved dog can suffer from separation anxiety. So what’s the deal?
Why Do Dogs Suffer from Separation Anxiety?
Dogs are pack animals. Therefore, when they are separated from their families, they’re deprived of important social interaction. Particularly, dogs that are apprehensive or fearful to begin with (or have been re-homed) are at risk of developing the destructive symptoms of separation anxiety.
It’s important to note that separation anxiety can manifest after a traumatic event: an injury, death of a loved one, or even bringing a new baby home. All of these disrupt the daily routine of doggy life and can trigger excessive attachment to their humans.
Recognizing the Symptoms
The most common sign that a dog is experiencing separation anxiety is the destruction of objects within the home. This might be accompanied by howling, …