It’s been a difficult few months, and as many of us return to work, it’s possible that our pets, who have enjoyed having our regular companionship at home, will experience some level of anxiety at our sudden absence. It is possible for your animal to experience anxiety, even if he or she has never before shown symptoms. These small bouts of anxiety if left unchecked can develop into an anxiety disorder, which can be difficult to treat.
How do you know if your dog is suddenly anxious? Usually separation anxiety symptoms manifest as undesirable-type behaviors such as barking excessively, urinating and defecating indoors, and destructive behaviors such as chewing on furniture, walls, clothes, rugs, etc. And when a dog suffers anxiety symptoms and does decide to engage in destructive-type behaviors, the objects or surfaces that he or she chews or scratches will likely be near the exit and entry points; things near the door where the dog last saw his or her owner are likely targets.
There are treatments for dog anxiety, but there are also preventative measures that can be extremely effective and likely won’t result in a more serious condition. You know your dog, and it’s likely that you can read his or her body language. When your dog is anxious try not to ignore him or her; reassure the anxious dog that you are there for them, and it’s likely that your calming presence will likely alleviate his or her anxiety. If your dog isn’t obedient, or he or she is still young and learning, then obedience is a terrific tool to teach your dog his or her place as a citizen in your home and in your family. Remember, an obedient dog is a well-trained dog, repetition and hard work are the keys to success.
If you have any questions about how Groomindale’s can help your pet become better socialized, or if he or she needs companionship while you are away at work, then call today.