Separation Anxiety in Dogs Archives

Crating is a great way to minimize the chance of your dog injuring themselves or destroying your home during an episode of separation anxiety.  I highly recommend that all dog owners crate their dogs.  Despite what some people think, crating is not cruel.    This couldn’t be farther from the truth.   Dogs have a den instinct.   A dog crate is your dogs den.   By nature, a dog in its den will be calm and settled.

There are a number of benefits to crating your canine.  The first thing that crating your dog gives you is peace of mind while you are gone.  As long as you make sure the crate is big enough for them to stand up and lay down sideways, they will be comfortable.   Always take your dogs collar off before you crate them.  Collars can get stuck in both wire and Vari-Kennel crates.   Unfortunately, dogs have died from this.

If your dog has chewed furniture, or caused household damage, this quickest and easiest way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to crate your dog while you are away.   If you have dog that chews their crate, you can coat those spots in bitter apple, or hot pepper sauce.    If you have a dog that can break out of their crate, you simply need a stronger crate.   Some people need to buy aluminum crates to hold their dogs.

Another benefit of crating your dog is that they are less likely to have accidents in the house. A dog will do its best not to soil its den.  If your dog has severe separation anxiety, and has accidents in the house, a crate is a great way to avoid these accidents in the first place, or at least minimize the damage and clean up to just the crate.

Most dogs accept crates quickly and learn to love them! I recommend providing a crate for your dog for it’s lifetime. You can always remove the door once your puppy has grown up and can be trusted. Of course, if your dog has separation anxiety, you’ll want to keep that door on!

Dog separation anxiety can be become a major, expensive problem when left untreated.  If you want to learn more about dog separation anxiety and how to cure it, click here.

Dog Separation Anxiety in Shelter Dogs

I love shelter dogs, and most of my dogs have come from the shelter.    One of the most common problems with shelter dogs is anxiety.    Work with them, love them, and give them some time.    They will come around.     Here is an article I wrote for Ezine Articles about shelter dogs and anxiety.

You adopted a little dog from the dog shelter, and the dog is seems perfect. Perfect, at least, until you leave the house. Then that adorable little mutt from the shleter society becomes a menace to society. They bark constantly, destroy your house, and your piece of mind. Welcome to rescue dog separation anxiety.

Dog Separation Anxiety is the second most common reason that dogs are sent or returned to shelters. Dogs that are adopted from shelters are more likely to have separation anxiety than dogs that come from a breeder. Unfortunately, some rescue dogs find themselves caught in a revolving door between the shelter and a placement home.

Why Do Shelter Dogs Get Separation Anxiety

There are a number of reasons rescue dogs get separation anxiety. Primarily, dogs are pack animals. They are genetically descended from wolves, and are hardwired to make strong bonds with their pack. A wolf without it’s pack would die in the wild, and dogs feel just the same way.

Rescue dogs are rarely left alone. They can usually smell, see, and hear their fellow rescues nearby. The longer a dog has been in a shelter, the more likely that problems will develop. The experience of going to a home, to a shelter can be a traumatic experience. They believe that their pack has abandoned them. When you step in and adopt the dog, you need to become its replacement pack. This can take a bit of time. Remember, Dogs bond with their pack strongly. When a dog has been sent to a rescue shelter, it can be nervous that it will be left again.

Rescues may also have a checkered past of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. These dogs aren’t ruined. They just need someone with some patience, understanding, and knowledge to help them through their issues.

What Can I Do?

The first key to helping your rescue dog overcome separation anxiety is to be a strong pack leader. You need to look after all of your dogs needs, but don’t spoil it. Be a calm, fair leader. The second key is to practice behavior modification drills with your dog. Behavior modification can be used to reduce and eliminate the anxiety your dog feels while you are away. Once their anxiety is below a certain threshold, they will no longer behave destructively.

If you want to learn more about behavior modification, and how to Cure Dog Separation Anxiety, visit to sign up for a free 5 Day course. You’re rescue dog will appreciate everything that

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