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Separation Anxiety

Is your pet experiencing separation anxiety? Do they exhibit any of the following behaviors when left alone?
– urinating or defecating
– barking or howling
– chewing, digging, or other
destructive behavior
– escaping
– pacing

Separation anxiety is when a pet becomes distressed or upset when their owners leave them alone. It can often be triggered by change. Some changes might include: a change in owner, a change in residence, a change in schedule, or the absence of a family member. As autumn approaches and kids start heading back to school, many animals will be experiencing some of the above changes in their lives. Please be aware of separation anxiety and look for any signs of the above behaviors.

Depending on the severity of the separation anxiety, there are some different techniques you could try.
1. Treats: Leave your dog with a treat such as a treat-filled Kong or a food puzzle to keep them busy while you are away.
2. Short Separation First: Desensitize your pet by beginning with short separations and slowly increasing the length of time that you are away.
3. Crate: With the right training, a crate can become a safe place.
4. Jobs: Keep your dog busy with various jobs and activities. For example, daily walks, play dates with other dogs, fetch, tug-o-war, hiding food around the house, agility, frisbee, flyball, running, swimming, etc. Exerting your dog’s energy prior to your leaving can help them relax.
5. Flower Essence and Essential Oils: This can help a animal handle emotional troubles such as separation anxiety. If interested in learning more about flower essence or in purchasing some for your pet, contact PetMedella at 612-812-9121.

For more detailed information on some techniques you can try, visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/separation-anxiety