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Home alone: help your dog conquer their separation anxiety

16th April
We’re all at home a lot these days. Whether we’re working from home or enjoying some downtime, all our dogs see is more company, more playtime and more cuddles! But what happens when we eventually return to normality? If you’ve been worrying about this, you’re not alone.

Dog history is beautifully intertwined with human history and how we have helped one another evolve. Long ago, wolves started scavenging around humans and from then on, we have co-evolved alongside each other, in a mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationship.

In a small UK study, it has been shown that even though a dog may not be displaying warning signs of separation anxiety, they may still be suffering from such worries when left alone. Researchers took saliva samples of 100 UK dogs – a mixture of both those displaying symptoms and those who appeared “fine” to their owners. By taking samples of their saliva before being left alone, and then again after, they were able to analyse their hormone levels. The results showed that nearly half of the dogs who owners previously described as “fine” when being left alone, in fact showed that they were distressed – even though they weren’t outwardly displaying any anxiety-related behaviours.

If this is a potential concern or current issue for you and your furry companion, please don’t think you’re alone – separation anxiety amongst dogs is actually very common.  The good news is that there are ways to help prevent and stop separation related behaviors (SRBs) such as being destructive, howling or toileting inside, through early training. 

 

 

 

 

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