3 Signs Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety
Did you know?
Separation anxiety is a common canine behavior problem and it affects 20% to 40% of dogs. The good news is that we can help them.
The correlation between Covid-19 and your dog's separation anxiety
Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, reports of separation anxiety in dogs have spiked. This is not a surprise as we are spending more time with our dogs at home.
While our dogs are enjoying the extra time at home with us, a new study shows that this intensified bond could be leading to an increase in canine separation anxiety.
The most common symptoms of separation anxiety
According to the ASPCA, the 3 common symptoms are:
- Barking and howling in excess when left alone
- disruptive or destructive when left alone
- Pacing, often in a certain pattern
The survey found that 40.2% of dogs exhibit excessive barking and howling, followed by chewing or destroying objects, 29.3%, and pacing, 25%.
10 Dog breed most likely to suffer with separation anxiety
- Labrador Retriever
- Border Collie
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Jack Russell Terrier
- German Shepherd
- Australian Shepherd
- Bichon Frise
- Golden Retriever
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Toy Poodle
How humans can help
Common calming methods that help are:
- create a safe space dedicated for your dog only. Ie. a crate or their dog bed. This will be an area your dog can retreat to when relaxing is necessary. Make this area as comfortable as possible.
- CBD supplements
- Establish a routine to keep your dog busy through stimulated exercise and engagement
During Fourth of July weekend, there are many dogs that instinctively go and lie down in their beds because they know that is their safe place.
Before you leave, we have a question for you.
Have you found a comfy cloud-like bed that can also help calm and relax your dog?
At The Mellow Dog we have designed a dog bed that has high raised rim to cuddle your dog and provides that sense of security; long soft fur that mimics the fur of their mother. It is super comfortable and we have over 50,000+ pawstomers.
Check out our Calming Kit here.