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Five Common Causes of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

What triggers fear for dog separation? There are some common sources of anxiety about separating the dogs. About 10 per cent of all dogs can show symptoms throughout their lifespan. Although some cases of canine anxiety may be mild, others may become much more severe. Anxiety for separation as the second most common reason dogs return to shelter.

  • Thousands are packing animals

Dogs are packing animals and your family and you are their bags. Dogs are progeny of wolves. Wolves are very social animals and can’t hunt without their friends and survive. Dogs want to spend time with you all along. This can be evident in certain breeds or in dogs who spend much of their time with their family, and are rarely left alone.

  • Sudden routine or venue shifts

Many dogs experience separation anxiety symptoms when their normal routine shifts.

One example: When a couple goes on holiday leaving the dog with another family member, the dog can experience anxiety about separation. Another example is where a dog spends an enormous amount of time with the family, and then they have to go back to a routine where they are left alone for a while.

  • Irregular marionette

In terms of social ability growth, the first eight weeks of a puppy life are the most significant. When a dog is taken from its mother too early, it doesn’t get the opportunity to learn proper manners. Puppies separated too early from their mother and siblings are more likely to develop anxiety about separation and belling issues. Puppies shouldn’t leave their litter before age eight weeks.

  • Homestays and former tenants

If a dog comes from a shelter or rescue, it is more likely that they may have had a traumatic history. Dogs are overwhelmed by the very idea of making one pack abandon you, and being adopted by another. A new dog will need a little bit of time to trust you as the leader of the pack. They will also be more prone to you leaving, because they fear that they will be abandoned again.

  • Some species

Many breeds are more likely than others to experience canine anxiety. When you own a purebred dog you should address anxiety problems in the genealogy of the dogs with the breeder. Mixed breeds get more separation anxiety than purebreds, but more shelter dogs are mixed, so that might be the explanation for that.

Does your dog have anxiety over separation? Separation anxiety is a serious issue, and is not going to go away on its own. Actually, it often gets a lot worse so look out for treat dog.