Now that we are working away from home, our pets are noticing the time between when we leave and when we come home. Dog separation anxiety is truly on the rise since pet owners are asked to come back to work. For two years we stayed home with our dogs and some of us had adopted pets within that time and this is the first time they stayed alone during the week.
Common symptoms of dog separation anxiety include:
Our pet will ultimately bark until we come home. Nothing triggers the act of barking other than being lonely. They will continue barking until they do not feel scared and alone anymore.
Peeing and Pooping
Just like humans, when we are scared or nervous, our bladders become sensitive. Dogs are similar. When they are left alone, they begin to panic. So naturally, they will pee or poo inside the house.
Our dogs will act out if they are confused or scared. Watch out, there could be chewed-up furniture, ripped-up curtains, or scratched doors and walls. Careful because your pet can seriously injure itself.
Make sure that your doors and gates are locked and blocked in case your furry loved one wants to chase after you and look for you. If they are left alone, they will take action and make their way to you. They could dig under walls or chew their way out.
Some dogs will walk back and forth inside the house with no real destination. They could walk from one room to the next just looking around. There will be some dogs who walk in a straight line back and forth, or in a big circle.
Note that dog separation anxiety is when a dog acts out in these ways when they are alone, not when they are with their owners. Keep an eye on your pet’s actions once you are gone. Set up a video camera. Have a pet sitter. Watch them from an open window. Once you notice these changes, you can help your furry loved one.
We wish you and your dog a happy Wednesday, from the Fire Hydrant Team!