Does your pet cry when you leave?
Does your pet struggle to settle?
A Tailster dog walker and sitter could be the answer to your dog’s problems.
The bond between dog and owner is one of the most remarkable partnerships in history, however some dogs seem to struggle slightly more when their owners are away, resulting in Separation Anxiety.
Separation Anxiety (SA) is one of the most complicated and prevalent behaviour issues to modify, as rehabilitation is focused around owners creating routine and being present within the home environment for majority of the day. This can be a lengthy process, whereby many owners sadly do relinquish their dogs to shelters as the behaviours associated with SA, can be quite destructive.
There are 8.5 million estimated dogs in the United Kingdom, with a believed 39% of dogs suffering from the behavioural disorder known as
Arguably this is becoming an ever increasing issue for pet owners, due to many more people working, it can be argued this is the saddest behaviour issue for dogs.
There are many reasons as to why a dog could develop separation anxiety, although a well documented and studied behaviour issue, experts are still struggling to find the exact causes of this problem. Popular theories include early detachment from the mother to the more favourable theory of hyper attachment to the owner.
Symptoms of Separation Anxiety:
- Vocalization (Barking)
- Pacing or circling
- Jumping/scratching/biting at the door or windows
- Excessive salivation
- Soiling in the home
- Unable to settle
- Following the owner around when they are home
Breeds associated with Separation Anxiety
There is no explanation as to why some dog breeds suffer with separation more than others do, however German Shepherds, Bichon Frises, Australian Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Greyhounds and Siberian Huskies have shown to have a higher rate of SA.
Rehabilitation of Separation Anxiety
Once diagnosed, the recovery process can be a very long journey for owner and the dog, and may even have set backs. Solutions often include staggering time alone, from starting with the dog in another room alone and owner in another room for 5 minutes, building this to the owner leaving the house.
Utilizing quiet areas of the house and placing a crate to create a safe space for the dog is also beneficial, as the dog can retreat to this safe space when they feel uncomfortable.
Try to make this as comfy as possible and even leaving an old shirt with the owners sent on can also help, leaving food related enrichment such as kongs and food puzzles may also help if the dog is food motivated.
The most successful way to combat the road to recovery with separation anxiety is to introduce a dog sitter or preferably a dog walker to help break up the day. This enables the dog to leave the house and have a break from being on their own, whilst enjoying some exercise. If you are looking for a carer to walk or sit your pet, Tailster is one of the most popular services for providing this.
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