ANXIETY IN DOGS
Can you imagine a world without dogs? For most of us, it would feel lonely to lose our favorite canine companions. Fortunately, almost every household in the US had had at least one dog.
Dogs are animals that need special care and extra attention from us humans. Compared to cats, dogs are more active and showy to their companions. Cats lie and sleep most of the day. They move towards you only to get a dose of petting or ask for food. Most of the time, cats would rather sleep or groom themselves.
Dogs are different. They are playful, interacting with other people and dogs as well. They show appreciation to their owner, in one way or another. Men and dogs have become ultimate partners, helping each other enjoy a complementary relationship.
Dogs are also utilized outside the home, even in law enforcement. The police canine units help them search for different dangerous substances or objects. Sometimes, K-9 units are also used to search for missing people. These special dogs can detect or identify crime suspects by tagging the smell if well trained.
Even blind people immensely benefit from dogs. These dogs serve as the "eyes" of their blind master. These dogs enable blind people to live relatively normal lives, allowing them to leave their homes and enjoy the outdoors much like other people who can see.
Dogs have different personalities. It depends on the breed or the dog's family history. From being a puppy to an adult dog, they are accompanied by their human masters. These people are familiar with dogs and their everyday lives. The dog's day-to-day routine usually depends on their master's lifestyle.
However, some dogs experience anxiety that occurs when they are left alone by their master. Being left alone, these dogs can become destructive. Dogs can't talk, but being destructive is their way of expressing frustration or loneliness. That state has a name, and it's called separation anxiety in dogs. Dogs can become restless and bored. When they notice the master is not around, they may go out and chew on anything they can get their paws on, from slippers, furniture, and other objects found in the house.
Chewing on particular objects with the master's smell (socks, shoes, sofa, or even the door) is one of the many symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs. Other symptoms you should watch out for would be continuous barking, uncontrolled "pooping," and various ways to get the master's attention.
Probable causes for such behavior often include dogs not adequately socialized or living in different homes. With this in mind, owners should take a second look at their dogs and figure out if they exhibit such behavior. Getting a clear picture of your dog will help stop them from suffering and separation anxiety.
Dogs' separation anxiety can be severe for your furniture and personal belongings. Begin with a no "goodbye" technique. Owners should not give their dogs any hugs before leaving home. This will only make the dog long for more attention from the owner. Another tip would be to leave some toys or goodies to help your dog consume its time and take its attention away from its anxiety.