Treating My Dog with Separation Anxiety

My Dog Peter Was a Dog With Separation Anxiety … and here’s what I did to help him

What is it like to have a dog with separation anxiety?

Hi, my name is Stephanie Abel, and I’ve got some questions for you.

Has your dog been acting strange recently or exhibiting unusual behavior?

Is your dog acting like a trouble maker?

Have you tried many treatments but nothing just seems to be working?

All the trouble your dog has been causing you lately may make you think that you have a “bad dog.” You may also have become hopeless and feel that his behavior won’t ever improve. But after reading this post, you will realize that your assumptions are wrong.  Your dog is not actually “bad.” Actually, he is suffering from what I call “separation anxiety.” And there are many methods to improve his behavior and cure his problem.

Many methods exist to cure “separation anxiety.” I know so. Trust me. I have been through the exact same problems as you. I went to see all the causes, symptoms, prevention, and cures of “separation anxiety.”  It was hard, and I assume people have same problem as I did, and that is why I am writing this post.

At the time of writing this, my German shepherd was 20 months old and his name is Peter. Peter is now an important part of our family. He is a very well behaved dog and all he wants from us is nothing but love.

Though Peter is now a great part of our family, there was a time when we used to dread having Peter around. We first brought Peter when he was 2 months old from an ex neighbor. At the beginning, he was very entertaining, obedient, and full of energy. When he was eight months old, the husband and I became very busy with work while our children were busy with school. Therefore, Peter had to spend most of his time home alone. I guess all the loneliness got to him.

He started acting very strange. He skipped meals, he whined nonstop when he saw me get ready for work, and he destroyed everything in sight at our house. We even kept him wired inside a kennel, but he whined while he was in that and broke his teeth while trying to break the metal welding of the kennel. We had no choice but to let him inside the house again, but he continued to destroy everything. The picture below shows what he did to our couch. We just couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him.

dog with separation anxiety

I turned to research and found out that Peter was suffering from a disease called “separation anxiety.” We went to see doctors who gave medication, and we consulted a dog trainer who suggested crate-training. I also took him for 45 minute walks and left him with food when we were at work. These methods only helped for a little while and Peter improved a bit but not 100%. I didn’t want Peter to depend on medication or crate training for the rest of his life. So I decided to learn more about the prevention and cure for this disease.

As I researched, I learned that my dog and I aren’t the only ones suffering from this disease. For example, a friend of mine had a two-year-old boxer cross. She was always well behaved and obeyed her owners. They were well at first but as time went by, she used to pee and poop in the basement every time they left her alone at home. She knows she’s supposed to go outside because they had a pee spot for her but she never went to that spot to relieve herself.

Since this is such a common disease, I felt the need to reach out and help all dog lovers.  Therefore, I have compiled what I have learned into this single book which you can find at the end of this post.

2. Differentiating Normal Dog Behavior from Dog with Separation Anxiety

First of all, how do you know whether your dog is acting normal or abnormal? Dogs express common emotions. Understanding the common emotions exhibited by pets and how they express these emotions will help you understand what normal “dog” behavior is and you will be able to figure out when your dog is acting strange.

Four of the common emotions are happy, submissive, aggressive, and playful. A dog uses many gestures and body language to express these four common emotions. For example when a dog is aggressive, his ears will be pulled back. Of course there are many other gestures and I have only listed a few in this preview. That’s just one example but you’ll find more detailed information is in my book.

3. So, what exactly is Separation Anxiety?

Dog Separation Anxiety is basically an emotional problem exhibited by dogs. Separation anxiety is a state where the dog is emotionally distressed. Do you know the effects separation anxiety has on dogs? For example, one is barking excessively. This disease can causes dogs to bark nonstop and destroy furniture just like my dog Peter did. This is just two common behavior exhibited by dogs suffering from separation anxiety but there are many more symptoms and behavior.

It is very likely that your dog is suffering from this disease, but you may not even know it. Well, you are not alone. Did you know that 14 to 35 % of dogs have separation anxiety, but 41% of dogs suffering from separation anxiety are not treated? This is because the owners either don’t know about the disease at all or they don’t know the treatment methods.

Before you begin treatment, you must completely learn about this disease to help your dog. Some information that you will find useful are:

  • What are the main reasons behind separation anxiety?
  • What are the causes?
  • Which breeds of dogs are most prone to this disease?
  • What mistakes will the owner make to help the dog?
  • How do you go about stopping your problem? Some think that yelling will help, but you’ll be surprised to find that this will make things worse.
  • How do you find out, whether your dog is actually suffering from this disease or is he really a bad dog? Maybe he just wants a new toy.

You must understand the symptoms and causes thoroughly before taking any measures such as giving medicine that could be harmful if given for the wrong reasons.

WRONG DIAGNOSIS WILL MAKE THINGS WORSE. Definitely consult a vet.

4. Let’s Determine Now: Does your Dog suffer from Dog Separation Anxiety?

Well, we can find out by looking at some of the sign and symptoms:

  • Does your dog bark nonstop?
  • Is your dog eating all the furnitures?
  • Does he follow you from room to room?
  • Is he not being able to control his feces?

Much other useful information is given to determine whether your dog has the disease. First of all, “dog separation anxiety” is same as maternal bond and the child or puppy can become anxious if separated from the parent.

Do you know that the severity of the disease varies from dog to dog? For example, some dogs get anxious when the owner is gone for an extended period of time. Some have such a severe case that they follow the owner from room to room.

Other questions to ask yourself to determine whether your dog could be suffering from this anxiety are:

  • Other than destruction of household items, what other behaviors are associated with the anxiety? Don’t be surprised. It is not just limited to destruction of household objects, excessive salvation, eating disorders, and over excitement when the owner returns home are classic signs.
  • What are the risk factors and which dogs are most prone to this disease? For example, symptoms get worse if another dog in the same house dies. If a new dog is brought to the house, the symptoms will not disappear. Dogs such as German shepherds are more prone to the disease because of their brain chemistry. Also, dogs that were abandoned at crucial stages in their lifetime are more prone to the disease.

5. Do you suspect that maybe your dog has other problems? A trip to the Vet isn’t a bad idea.

Ask your veterinarian of maybe your dog should have an ECG. The correct assessment will reveal whether the dog has been diagnosed with the disease. You would need to go over the initial assessment of separation anxiety with the vet by filling out a questionnaire. You would have to answer questions about history and behavior of the dog.

One type of history question asks about the age the puppy was acquired or whether the dog had multiple owners. It also asks whether the dog was an orphan. Behavior questions include whether your dog acts depressed or has a loss of appetite when the owner leaves. It also asks whether your dog repeatedly follows you around the house, or does your dog get depressed after you leave the house.

The interpretation of the questionnaire is that if the answer was “yes” or “affirmative” to less than 3 of the questions, then it is not separation anxiety. But if the owner said yes to 5 out of 10 questions in the behavioral section, it is an indication of separation anxiety.

6. How could this have been prevented?

I give you 100% guarantee that it is definitely not the end of the world if your dog is suffering from these signs and symptoms. The common treatment is behavior modification and anti-anxiety medicine. It is a must that BOTH of these methods are used together. I cover additional information on preventative methods in my full length e-book, which you’ll find the link to it at the end of this post. It includes:

  • How does the behavior modification help to relieve stress?
  • Does my Dog really need all of this?
  • What are common active ingredients in medication?
  • How quickly these medication act?
  • What other tools are available?
  • How to prevent?

6.1 Anxiety “Wrap”

Did you know something as simple as a piece of cloth can ease your dog’s pain? There is a very useful tool called the anxiety wrap. This tool eases the symptoms of dog separation anxiety as well as other disease such as phobia. If you don’t want to spend money on professional product, you can create “anxiety wrap” product at home using bandages and cloths or purchase the “anxiety wrap” product from the store by yourself. I shows this to you in my book as well.

6.2 Behavior Modification Techniques

Behavior modification techniques will cure separation anxiety. But what exactly are those techniques? Some basic techniques you’ll learn in my book include

  • How to improve the surrounding to make your pet relax
  • Why downplaying your departure can help your dog relax
  • Reduce pet anxiety by changing the type of dog toys
  • How changing your daily routine after returning home can help
  • Kind of mental and physical exercise to keep your dog relaxed.

6.3 What to do when your dog is left alone

Your poor dog is very nervous when the house is empty. Another thing you will learn to do is what to do if you leave him alone:

  • Types of exercise that will help your dog
  • When to feed your dog to help calm him
  • Types of sounds to play when you leave home
  • What types of toys and distractions to leave for your dog
  • Using an anti-bark collar may help reduce anxiety barking – plus many other
  • tips to stop the barking!
  • How using other methods such as aromatherapy and pheromones to calm your dog

The main cause of this disease is that your dog feels neglected. So, how do you make sure your dog doesn’t get attached to you in the first place?

So how can you deal with the disease? My book mentions many other methods in detail to deal with the disease. Read more about it. It’s not easy dealing with dog with separation anxiety. It will take a lot of patience and work on your part.

6.4 Medication

Medication must be used together with behavior modification techniques. One very useful medicine is one that contains the active ingredient clomipramine.

dog with separation anxiety medication

6.5 Crating: A Very Important Preventive Measure

The most preventive measure is mentioned at length in my book in Chapter 5. This is called crate training or crating. Basically you are confining your pet to a small limited space. The dog is put inside a small kennel or “den” called a crate. Like many people out there, you’ll probably think that crating is cruel. But dogs are “den animals” by nature.

Remember that crating is actually a prevention method, but it is not a cure for separation anxiety. It could actually make the disease worse if crating is used while dogs have separation anxiety. From my book, you’ll learn many IMPORTANT things about crating such as:

  • The types (shape, size, type of material used, and colors) of dog crates available
  • Cost of crates
  • How to crate young puppies
  • Special cases when crates cannot be used and alternative methods.
  • Steps in the crate training
  • Problems can arise during crate training such as whining and what to do
  • Important points to consider when selecting a particular crate for your dog.
  • How many hours a dog can be kept in the crate depending on whether it is puppy
  • or an adult.
  • How to properly introduced dogs to the crate. Remember, most dogs like their crates, but not all do so immediately. It also mentions when is the perfect time (before or after separation anxiety) for crating

Additionally, there are also many other preventive measures. How can you lower the risk factors? When can you vaccinate to lower the risk?

dog with separation anxiety crate

Dog separation anxiety is a serious problem.

My book is dedicated to helping you overcome this problem. This book will definitely help you and your family create a

friendly happy environment for your loving pet.

If your dog is suffering or showing any of the signs and symptoms I talked about earlier you owe it to him to get this book today. I provide a FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEED! If you are not satisfied, I will refund your money after 60 days.

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Cure your pet of separation anxiety today and get back that old cheerful pet that you used to have.

Thank you for taking the time to read this brief preview, I hope you learned something.

I’ve certainly enjoyed writing this outline for you, and I know that if you just put some of these techniques into practice, you’ll see tremendous results in your dog. This outline is just a preview of what the actual e-book of 90 pages has to offer, if you just go here, you can order your book today.

I will immediately send you the entire book at a very low and reasonable price.  You will not only be improving your dogs stress level and over all health, but you will feel much better as well knowing your pet is happy.

Take care.

 

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