This is a timely new series as you see how fluid things can get at any one time. So in like manner your pet’s anxiety will grow & wane based on the greater amount of time we’re now likely to spend outside.
As covid isolation has progressed around the world, so has also the record amount of pet adoptions throughout the same time period. During lockdowns, dogs can get so used to being with us, that they start to follows us around constantly. Even when ‘taking a dump’.
When people are allowed to become more mobile, it creates such canine anxiety potential, that dogs have been seen staying put in the same spot they saw their owner leave them, constantly whining until the ‘master’ returns.
What are we to do? When things start to be done differently all of a sudden, it’s a sure predictor of pet anxiety exacerbation. At its core, separation anxiety is the practice of a non-wanted approach by your pet, that without fail, becomes the major cause of distress every single time the owner is away.
Some common expressions of this negative behavior may be seen as non-stop walking back & forth. Separation anxiety could also be known as making wolf sounds besides the non-stop barking. Your pooch may suddenly start auto-grooming as it recognizes your usual movements while preparing to go.
Some breeds (or non-breeds for that matter) may be more prone to pop & pee as if on cue, just before you take off; & not just anywhere, but in things where the smell remains for the longest time. That would include bed clothing &/or floor coverings.
Could also get to the point of ‘punishing you’ by waiting until you leave, in order to destroy things inside the house. Inordinate attachment issues would be another thing to watch for. Feeling needy at an unhealthy level for your dog is seen as one of the worse symptoms to exteriorize separation anxiety.
Next up, what not to do when trying to curb this unhealthy behavior.