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Separation anxiety in dogs and how to handle a dog panic attack

Separation anxiety in dogs and how to handle a dog panic attack

Have you ever left your dog at home when you go to work only to return to chewed up shoes or half eaten garbage torn from the trash bin pushed over? Although your first instinct may be to punish your dog, these behaviors could be signs of separation anxiety in dogs. We, as humans, feel anxiety, so why can’t we expect pets to as well? We miss them. They miss us. Signs of separation anxiety in dogs can include destructive behavior and incessant barking. Here are a few tips to help calm your dog’s anxiety issues.

Never leave your dog alone for more than eight hours. This is not only for your dog’s health, but also for their safety. In fact, some countries even have laws limiting the time a dog may be left alone. Before you leave, try and take your pooch for a long walk. A tired out dog is less likely to howl or chew up your new shoes. Establish a regular routine when you leave and come home, and don’t fuss over your dog when you leave or when you return. The calmer you are, likely the calmer your dog.

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If chewing is an issue, leave a bone or some chew toy to help him relieve his anxiety. Also, we wouldn’t like to be alone all day without hearing some music or the television, so play some music for your dog. Maybe even leave Animal Planet on for him to hear. Using an old blanket or towel with your scent can have a calming effect on your pup as well. If your dog has serious emotional problems a dog psychologist can help with medications or training specific to your dog’s needs.

On Webponder.com you can find a nice variety of experts and professionals who specialize in different veterinary and animal behavior areas. By browsing the directory and picking a veterinarian or animal trainer that you think can help you, you are taking the first step to helping you puppy be happier and handle your separation better. On Webponder, you can schedule a live and face to face video consultation so the expert can meet you and your pup, and even observe his or her behavior if necessary.

In some cases, your baby might even experience a dog panic attack. These symptoms range widely just as panic attack symptoms range in humans. Some dogs can become aggressive or withdraw. It’s basic fight or flight mechanisms may kick in to play. Some dogs display panic in excessive licking or digging in hot spots. Some more profound symptoms include excessive barking and even growling. If your puppy is experiencing some of the above symptoms, and you think he or she may be having a dog panic attack, this is definitely time for veterinarian intervention. Use some of the above tips to help relieve your dog’s nervousness. But also, connecting via video with a professional on Webponder is a quick, simple, and an immediate solution to help you and your dog.

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