People are going back to work after the pandemic and our dogs are taking notice. Dogs can develop separation anxiety when away from their pet parent for extended periods of time. Pet parents may not realize their dog is suffering from separation anxiety because they don't know the signs of separation anxiety in dogs. There are many ways to treat separation anxiety, including training, supplements, and medications.
Dogs are unable to communicate in human language. They rely on other means of communication, and the pet parents are left to interpret the behaviors. Dogs often display negative behaviors when they have separation anxiety. Identifying these signs early can save the pet parent and their dog a lot of grief. The following signs of separation anxiety in dogs can help pet parents identify the problem:
Dogs vocalize when they're excited, happy, want something, alert to danger, or as a warning. Dogs may vocalize excessively due to separation anxiety. When a dog's pet parent is not around, the dog may:
Ask your neighbors if they hear your dog vocalizing when you are away.
Dogs act out for a reason, usually to get attention or because they're bored. Dogs with separation anxiety may display many negative behaviors that worsen as the condition progresses and is left untreated. Giving your dog extra walks or hiring a dog walker can help reduce the stress your dog is feeling. These behaviors include:
Pet parents can try to prevent their dog from developing separation anxiety by making sure their dog's physical and mental health needs are being met. Give your dog at least 40 minutes of physical activity every day and make sure your dog gets plenty of 1 on 1 playtime. The Paway app can help you track your dog's daily exercise and help you find playdates for your dog.
All of the above clinical signs can indicate separation anxiety, but they can also be a symptom of other underlying health problems. Pet parents should consult a vet to run tests and rule out other potential health problems. Paway offers our pet parents 40% off their first on demand vet with our partner Vetster. Use the code paway40 to get the 40% discount.