of How to Reduce Anxiety in Dogs was reviewed by on March 9, 2017.
This article, , contains a good overview of ways to treat dogs suffering from anxiety and phobias.
The solution for a friend's dog with separation anxiety was to get a kitten for him. After that he had no problem being left alone. He had the kitten.
Thanks, Pat, for this excellent article. As a canine behavior specialist who works not only with owners but with rescue groups, I have heard so many heartbreaking stories about dogs who were given up or worse due to separation issues. It truly can be one of the most challenging behaviors to deal with, and the more education owners have access to, the better the chances that dogs will stay in their homes. - Nicole Wilde, author "Don't Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety"
The Experts on Separation Anxiety in Dogs
2. Dogs with anxiety are at a higher risk for getting lost
When your dog or cat has separation anxiety, your pet becomes anxious because he or she is away from you. Pets exhibit separation anxiety with both physical and psychological problems. Many social animals—birds, horses, whales, monkeys—experience separation anxiety because they are genetically programmed to live within a social structure strengthened by emotional bonds, and this applies to dogs and cats as well.Behavior modification, or training, is the most important element in the treatment of in dogs. Behavior modification should be implemented only after a professional diagnosis of separation anxiety has been confirmed by a veterinarian.Separation anxiety in dogs and cats causes undesirable behavior, and behavior problems are the #1 reason pets are euthanized. Dogs and cats with behavior problems frustrate their owners, and frustrated people often mistreat or relinquish their pets. Fortunately, you can prevent or cure your pet's separation anxiety.Separation anxiety in dogs and cats is generally worse the first 15 minutes your pet is alone, but can persist during the entire time you're away. Common behavior problems that occur as a result of separation anxiety include destroying furniture, urinating or defecating inside the home, howling, barking, scratching, and barbering (in cats).The key components of behavior modification for separation anxiety include ensuring adequate exercise and enrichment, employing tactics to make separation from the owner more pleasant for the dog, and reducing the excitement surrounding the owner's comings and goings.For more information on the diagnosis of separation anxiety, and on other treatments (such as medications) for the syndrome, see the article entitled "Separation Anxiety in Dogs".