You’re just leaving the house for an hour, but your puppy visibly shows distress. Separation anxiety causes emotional agony and even physical injury. But take heart, as this is a preventable and treatable condition.
- Your puppy is showing signs of separation anxiety if they become distressed and drool, pant and pace around. Other signs are scratched doors and “accidents” in the house.
- Separation anxiety can be triggered by change of schedule, change of owners, or a significant move.
- Desensitization is the best way to approach the problem, and it involves gradual exposure. A certified dog trainer can help.
Before you go away, take your puppy for a brisk walk around the neighborhood or throw her favorite toy around and play fetch. Anxiety takes a lot of energy. If your dog is already tuckered out, she’ll be calmer when you leave.
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