Anxiety Due To Separation

Anxiety due to separation is a combination of behaviors that can appear when some dogs (regardless of the sex, age or breed) are separated from their master.

The manifestations can be any of the following:

  • Excessive vocalization (doesn't stop barking).
  • Inadequate urination or defecation.
  • Destructive conduct.
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, acral dermatitis due to constant licking.

In order to know if we are faced with a case of anxiety due to separation, you have to see to it that one of following three criteria is met:

  • The conduct is only manifested when the dog cannot get near the owner
  • The conduct almost always appears when the dog cannot get close to the owner.
  • The conduct appears a short while after the dog is left alone.

Castration is completely ineffective in solving this problem. The most effective thing you can do is combine a pharmacologic treatment (anxiolytics) with a habituation of every time longer absences on behalf of the owner.

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