Separation Anxiety In Teddy Bear Dogs – How To Treat It

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.

November 20, 2017

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.

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’s anxiety will only end when you return to it after being away from home, or pay it enough attention.

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.

Chewing – 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.