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Separation anxiety when the school holidays end

Signs of Separation Anxiety

Your dog may experience the effects of the loss of extra playtime and the friendship developed with your children cemented during the long holiday break by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviours such as:

Chewing furniture

Ripping the stuffing out of pillows

Shredding paper

Obsessive barking/whining for extended periods of time

House soiling

Separation anxiety is a serious condition that can be managed with structure and patience. NEVER punish your dog for exhibiting this behaviour, as it will make him more fearful and potentially aggressive.

Managing Anxiety

Some tips to manage anxiety: 

Start with leaving your dog at home for very short periods of time to get him used to being alone

Avoid emotional departures and greetings

Have your belongings prepared in advance so that your departure from home is calm

Consider doggie daycare for prolonged absences

Teach the kids to avoid over stimulating the dog with departures and arrivals

Exercising your dog before leaving the house in the morning is a good idea so he’ll be relaxed when you return and  for when you’re away.

Leave some sturdy, interactive toys for your dog to help keep him from being bored.

Be sure to check with a vet to have your dog fully evaluated and correctly diagnosed before trying to manage the symptoms. There may be an underlying medical condition that may be misconstrued as separation anxiety.

We work with some wonderful external behaviour specialists so please dont suffer in silence (or noisy barking!)- ask for help

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