Dealing with doggie separation anxiety
Alright - Laurel and I learned a lot while working on this week’s episode on separation anxiety with dogs. Here are the top six things that surprised me the most.
There is a difference between separation anxiety (when your dog doesn’t want you to leave leave) and isolation distress (when your dog doesn’t want to be alone) - and the two are often confused!
Some breeds are more likely to show symptoms of separation anxiety than others. The #1 most likely to show the symptoms? The beloved Labrador retriever.
The care that dogs receive as puppies plays a huge role in their likelihood of developing separation anxiety later on in life. It turns out that something called “maternal care” (the quality and quantity that a pup receives from its own mother) is incredibly important.
Of all of solutions that dog owners turn to when they have to leave their dogs alone (daycare, crating, alternative caretakers, etc.), using a dog walker is the most likely to result in the dog displaying a number of signs of separation anxiety.
There’s a number of things that you can do to help your dog with his separation anxiety, from stuffing Kongs with treats right before you leave to switching up your getting-ready-to-leave routine.
Pronouncing the word “reputable” can sometimes be a struggle.
Tune in to this week’s episode to learn more!