How to Treat Your Dog's Separation Anxiety
by Shelly Bellamy

     Barking, whining, escaping, destructive behavior or, in severe
     cases, self-mutilation can be your dog’s way of expressing
     anxiety over your absence.

      1.Consult your veterinarian to get a correct diagnosis of separation anxiety. Your
        veterinarian will help you with treatment or refer you to an animal behaviorist who can
        prescribe effective drug therapies to alleviate your dog’s anxieties.
      2. Practice leaving your dog alone for short periods of time. Pick up your keys and leave
        for 1 minute.
      3. Gradually increase the amount of time you stay away. This will accustom your dog to
        your absence.
      4. Avoid overly emotional good-byes and greetings. Instead, pat your dog on the head
        and offer a quick good-bye or hello.
      5. Keep your dog confined in a safe area while you are away. Be sure to leave a bowl of
        water and plenty of chew toys.
      6. Exercise your dog for an hour each day in places other than your yard or home. This
        helps your dog feel comfortable in other locations and lets her blow off steam.
      7. Praise your dog often to build self-confidence, rather than punishing her for exhibiting
        frightened behaviors. Punishment only increases anxiety and makes the situation


        The first time you administer medication to control separation anxiety, stay with and
        watch your dog carefully in case she has an adverse reaction. Take her to the
        veterinarian if you witness odd behavior, as the dosage may need adjustment.