This issue is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I’m dealing with this issue as a dog I simply adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the issue isn’t treated or worked on it can result in more stressful problems. This issue isn’t seen in every dog.
Some of the signs to look for are:
Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more damaging than others.
Destructive like chewing on shoes or furniture, scratching, digging or going to the bathroom on the flooring.
Barking, whining, howling.
Depression, lack of appetite, difficulty breathing.
Following you from room to room.
The dog starts running in circles as you’re preparing to leave.
Some dogs may attempt to escape out of the house to look for you.
Here are some strategies to reduce the separation anxiety on your dog.
For a shelter dog that has been adopted is to have patience. The dog will learn new commands better to help fight the issue if he feels that the new home is safe, secure environment. Need to bond with your puppy like playing and going on walks. This can help to use up his energy and be ready to relax alone. Create a quiet safe area for the dog only. Over time your dog will learn that he will be secure in that space while you are gone.
Next is to maintain passing and coming low key. This might be hard at first. For departing try not to look closely at the dog for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving the house. After coming home ignore the dog for a few minutes, than acknowledge him with a few calming petting or hugs.
Offer some more comforting things for the dog by leaving a piece of clothing that will have your scent on it. This will help relax and some sense of familiarity due to your scent. Also don’t forget to leave his favorite toys and treats. Buy some treat games to him busy and the mind mentally stimulating while you are gone.
You could introduce a security cue for use such as”which you’ll be right back” for each time you leave the house. Start small by using the safety cue when you are going outside with the garbage. The majority of the time you are only gone a few minutes. Than keep building up the time you are away.
Initially practice your departure regular by gathering your things that you take every day with you and sit down. Repeat this routine until your pet show no signs of distress. This way you’re establishing a routine. Most dogs love having a daily routine with it master.
Do not be unkind to your dog by yelling or dismissing him. This might cause the problem to get worse. Try to calm him down with relaxing petting and talking softy to him in a low tone.
The best piece of advice is to be patient, consistent and persisted from the technique you are using.
Separation anxiety is not a result of lack of training or disobedience but it’s a panic response.