Separation Anxiety In Teddy Bear Dogs – How To Treat It

September 1, 2015

teddy-bear-dog-with-seperation-anxiety This could be the result of dog separation anxiety

This little rascal teddy bear dog didn't like it when its mum went out.

Separation anxiety in dogs affects around 14% of the canine population and can be especially common among teddy bear breeds. People often misunderstand this stressful behavioral issue when they try to treat it by approaching it from a human point of view. They fail to see the cause and recognize that the simplest answer to the question of how to stop separation is by showing their dogs that they are the pack leader.

First, accept that separation anxiety behaviors are symptomatic of something bigger. Though they may seem to you as being very distressing for the dog, treating each display of anxiety ad hoc does not necessarily mean that you are treating the root cause of the problem. For example, if the anxious behavior stops when you return home from a drive to the shops then this should suggest that you being away from home is actually connected to the cause.

Whoah... Could this be the result of dog separation anxiety? Most likely.

The following are some of the symptoms of separation anxiety:

Excessive salivation and self-mutilation

Excessive salivation and drooling, self-mutilation including constant chewing and licking oneself are mistaken for being medical conditions but maybe surprisingly, are more often known to be signs of stress.

Urinating indoors

Sometimes your toilet-trained dog might start going to the toilet indoors and you probably think that it is behavioral. Most likely, however, it is due to your dog having separation anxiety, especially when the action is occurring while you are away from your dog.

Whining and barking

Whining and barking may be calls for the dog's owners to return to the pack. This is in the same way you would call out for your children when you cannot find them. You might find that digging and destruction accompany your dog's whining and barking. Such actions can also be connected to anxious and stressful behavior.

Dog escaping

Additionally, if while you are not home and your dog escapes it is looking for you. Since this act is dangerous, extreme and potentially destructive, people are often advised to try to exercise their pet more in the hope that they will wear them down - but this will not absolutely solve the problem.


Overt chewing can also be a sign of separation anxiety in dogs. Humans actually release an endorphin when chewing gum to help stay calm; dogs do the same thing when chewing or gnawing on something.

So what brings on these symptoms of Dog Anxiety?

Separation anxiety in dogs generally occurs when your pet starts seeing you as a member of their pack, or simply a puppy. Your dog is assuming the role of the pack leader. Your dog's anxiety will only end when you return to it after being away from home, or pay it enough attention.

Your goal should be to have your dog being content whenever you want to come and go.

While you will find an abundance of words of advice on how to treat such symptoms individually, there is no better way to treat the cause of the problem than to become the pack leader. When you have achieved this your dog will no longer appear stressed when you leave home.

Read more here on how to become the pack leader and ease your dog's anxiety with you being away from them.

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November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted

March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

Hello want buy look teddy bears picture send email xxxxxxxxxxx thank u

Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Connie RN,

December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one