Canine Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogsCanine Separation Anxiety

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Canine separation anxiety causes dogs to panic when left alone.  Around 14 percent of dogs show some symptoms of separation anxiety.  When a dogs environment changes it can become less flexible and less able to cope.  A dog with separation anxiety may become aggressive.

Dogs are social animals and staying connected to the pack is often essential for survival.

You can ease a dog’s separation anxiety by:

Having a neighbor check on the dog
Leaving interactive toys for the dog to play with
Giving medication
Training

Anxiety dog symptoms are digging, chewing, or scratching at doors or windows in an attempt to find you.  They may howl, bark or cry to get you to return.  Some dogs pace, circle or eliminate in the house even when housetrained.  All are signs of distress due to separation.

Most dogs eventually get used to being alone.  But for a few dogs, isolation triggers intense fear and sends a dog’s fear response soaring.

We do not know why one animal suffers and another one does not.  It is likely that genetic aspects of temperament play a very important role.

Environmental factors can trigger dog’s anxiety problems in dogs.  A move or a divorce can cause anxiety for dogs.  The behavior of your dog may change suddenly.

How do yo know if your dog has separation anxiety?  It doesn’t take a vet or behaviorist to detect an anxiety dog.  Their body postures are different.  Their tails may be tucked, they may tremble or pant.  The behavior problems occur when the dog is left alone.

Calming a dog with behavior problems is not an easy task.  Anti-Anxiety for dogs medications may help to ease your dog’s fear and calm him.

Here are some techniques that might help with separation anxiety in dogs:

Sometimes a crate helps ease an overly anxious dog.  It makes the dog feel safe.
Exercise your dog before you leave.  A tired dog is less likely to feel stress when you leave.
Practice gradual departures.  Leave for ten minutes then return.  This helps your dog withstand future longer absences much better.
Give a special treat or toy when you leave.  This acts to counter condition the dog by pairing something good with something that was stressful.

If these techniques do not help your dog, you can talk to your vet or a behavior specialist.

Biting In Dogs

Biting in Dogs

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Why dogs bites?  All dogs have the potential to bite regardless of the breed or background.  Biting in dogs is caused by fear, pain, aggression, too much pestering, or to protect their territory which includes their property, house or people.  It is the dogs main defense.  A dog bite can be dangerous and should be treated promptly.

Prevention of dog biting includes not allowing anyone to push the dog past his comfort zone.  If your dog was not socialized as a puppy, you should take the time now to introduce him to the world and make him more comfortable in this world.  A dog that bites can be a danger to your family and friends.

The most important thing about dog bites is the damage it can cause.  If your dog bites someone and causes the skin to break, a trainer should be consulted or a dog bite training course should be taken.  Biting dogs should be managed so they do not have an opportunity to bite people again.  Ninety percent of the time, a dog snaps more than he bites.  The dog should be desensitized to the things that trigger the snapping.   A dog should be taught not to just tolerate, but to enjoy the things that cause him to bite.

Dogs are sensitive about their paws, ears, collar, and about being stared at or hugged,.  Some dogs do not like children, strangers or men.  These are things you have to desensitize.

If you are having serious biting or aggression problems, you should consult a certified animal behaviorist.

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