Puppies are incredibly adorable. You probably want to spend a ton of time with your dog when you first get it. While it is a great idea to spend a lot of time with the puppy to develop a strong bond with you, you can have too much of a good thing. Dogs need to understand that being alone is OK. Puppies that do not learn to left alone can develop dog separation anxiety.
What are the causes of Separation Anxiety in Dogs.
For the first few nights that your bring your dog home, whining is completely normal and very common. Understandably, they have just left their mother and litter, and have not yet bonded to you. When a puppy is taken from their mother too early, or if the have had severe trauma they are more like to develop issues than littermates taken after eight weeks. Puppies that are adopted from rescue organizations and mixed breeds have a higher likelihood of developing separation anxiety than purebreds bought from a breeder.
Symptoms in Puppies.
Mild symptoms of anxiety in puppies include whining, nervousness, and anxiousness when you are getting ready to leave the house. Moderate symptoms include digging and scratching at doors and carpets, barking constantly, and chewing on underwear or bedding. Dogs are chewers, and a treat is something that has your scent on it. Severe puppy separation anxiety includes compulsive chewing, losing control of the bowels, and destroying furniture. Some dogs will injure themselves because they are in a panic.
How to Solve Dog Separation Anxiety.
This behavior problem will not go away on its own, and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Behavior Modification, patience and natural remedies are the best approach to take with your dog. Dogs learn quickly, so good behavior can replace anxious behavior in a snap. You just need to .