SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) – It is hard to leave our pets at home when we head off to work or fun, especially when those big eyes look longingly at us as we leave. But sometimes being left really stresses an animal, and they don’t know how to cope. Mark Shambour, owner of K-9 Korral, helps us deal with the problem. It’s something he knows well. K-9 Korral has a doggie day care, and the dogs that come there may be anxious their first time, but soon they love it so much they drag their owners in the door when they see where they are.
Mark says, “Separation anxiety is a condition in which a dog exhibits distress when separated from itsâ owner/handler . It usually starts within 30 minutes of separation. It is not sure why some dogs have it and others don’t. It is more prevalent in rescue dogs.”
Mark says here are some behaviors that show separation anxiety.
Howling and barking, destructive chewing or digging, urinating or defecating, and pacing and trying to escape from the house or crate.
Some causes of Anxiety are: A change in schedule, like back to school or work, change in family, caused by death, divorce or college.Â
The first thing you need to do is rule out medical/training issues. Could it be medications causing frequent urination, incomplete house training, or a young dog that is bored?
Ways to manage it, Mark says, “cbd oil works well. You can give your dog a chew or filled kong prior to leaving to keep them busy. Start with short stays in the house. Then short departures. Extend your departures. Don’t leave again until dog is relaxed.”
Mark says use desensitizing routines. For instance change your routine before you leave. Don’t leave right away when you get your keys, shoes or makeup.
Come home calmly and wait to greet your dog.Â
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