Separation distress and anxiety (a phobia) in dogs looks like pacing, vocalizing, destruction of property, and potentially injuries to self. While separation anxiety should be diagnosed by a veterinary professional, any distress when being left home alone should be addressed in a humane way.
Top tips for separation anxiety:
- Management is very important! Being able to reduce the amount of time your pup is alone while you build their skills and confidence can go a long way.
- Crating is not usually the right solution. If your dog is destructive to the crate or injuring themselves trying to get out, work with a certified trainer to help them safely.
- Technology, your veterinarian, and a qualified professional trainer will all play a role in helping your pup feel safe.
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All of these behavior specialists provide regular support & guidance for separation distress households virtually, which is ideal for this type of situation.
Thank you for seeking help for your distressed pooch!