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Returning to Work? | 8 Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Posted on September 28, 2021 by Chris Fleming

Did you get a new dog within the last 18 months? You’re not alone. Recent research from the University of Michigan shows that about 10% of Americans got a new pet last year – mainly to help them enjoy the long period of lockdowns brought on by the COVID -19 pandemic. However, as many lockdowns come to an end and people head back to work, there are some important considerations for dog owners, namely separation anxiety in dogs. As a recent article from the AAHA points out, owners returning to work may present some challenges for “pandemic puppies.” This blog will detail eight symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs and how to manage the condition.

8 Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

As found in the recent report by the AAHA, here are some signs that your dog may be experiencing separation anxiety as you return to work. If you would like to read more exhaustively, see the complete AAHA article here.

1. Panting
2. Pacing
3. Salivation
4. Hyperventilation
5. Vomiting or diarrhea 
6. Depressive behavior or inactivity 
7. Panic and attempts escape
8. Refusal to eat alone

Diagnosing Separation Anxiety  

The eight symptoms listed above are all good signs that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety. However, other conditions can cause these sorts of behaviors. For instance, vomiting and diarrhea can be symptoms of allergies or digestive issues. Therefore it is essential to monitor your dogs behavior carefully and make a correct diagnosis. It would be wise to seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian or dog behaviorist.

One way the AAHA recommends observing your dog’s behavior is by video recording. To do this, set a camera on record pointed toward the area your dog is. Then perform your usual routine as if you were leaving for work. Grab your car keys and jacket and exit your house. After a few minutes, return and review the recording of your dog. See how many of the eight symptoms of separation anxiety your dog exhibits. Consider showing this video to your vet or dog behaviorist.

Solutions for Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety can be a complex problem to tackle. But there are ways to manage the issue, both permanent and temporary. Temporary solutions include leaving your dog with a family member while you are at work or having it attend pet daycare. If your dog enjoys the company of other dogs, your dog will particularly enjoy attending a pet daycare such as All Dog’s Dream, where expert pet caretakers supervise play with other dogs.  

Permanent solutions to separation anxiety require a combination of behavioral modification and environmental modification. Your dog must perceive alone time as not only safe but also enjoyable. To achieve this, you must give special attention to your dog’s comfort and stimulation while you are away. Behavioral modification is most successful when you seek out the services of a qualified trainer, such as our expert dog behaviorists at All Dog’s Dream. 

Pet Daycare and Training Classes from All Dogs Dream

At All Dog’s Dream, we offer pet daycare for your dog while you are away, as well as a pet hotel for your more extended times away. Our professional dog caretakers ensure that your dog is comfortable and happy while you can’t be with your best friend. Additionally, we offer many training classes options for your dog with our qualified dog behaviorists.

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