Most of the abandoned dogs do end up having separation anxiety as they are taken away from their home and owners either by accident or knowingly. So, even you may not have realized it while adopting the dog, but you will end up handling this when you take any one of the rescue
So, here are some signs to know that your dog has separation anxiety:
- Your dog gets nervous when you are ready to go out of the house
- The dog is super excited when you come back home
- Your dog is howling or barking for no reason or the other for a long time
- The dog chews up the furniture, door or corner of a table
- Drool, pant or salivate more than his or her usual self
- Walks around excessively in an obsessive manner
- Tries to run away from the home
A dog with separation anxiety will keep doing any of these acts for a long time. Remember these are just quite like a child if he or she is left at home alone. So, there is really no reason to worry so much about it. There are in fact ways to handle this very easily.
- You can act calm with the dog and try to pacify him or her by holding or petting them. If they feel that they are close to you and can trust you, they may calm down.
- Give your dog some treat they like or surprise them with an eatery with insertion of their favorite dish e.g. peanut butter in a puzzle toy.
- Don’t make the going and coming into your home a ceremony. Treat it as low key as you can.
- Leave some of your worn clothes near the dog’s bed or where the dog is mostly sitting or sleeping. It will make them feel that you are around, and they will be more comfortable.
- Try to spend more quality time with your pet. Let them feel that they will have you with them as much as possible.
- Go out with your dog and enjoy doing some outdoor activities so that the dog gets used to other surroundings and not just your home and you.
- Socialize your dog with others in your home, other pets in your surroundings. This will take their interest a bit away from you as well.
- Get the rescue dogs some toys. This way they start getting attached to them and feel more comfortable and secure.
- Make the dog’s bed in your room. Having the dog to sleep with you in your room can make them feel more at ease and they will believe that you are there with them.
- If you really feel that the problem is persisting and the dog needs some medical attention, you can consult with your vet and give the dog some supplements to calm his anxiety levels.
Finally, this entire process is about letting your dog forget his past and learn to live his new future with you which only time will help. Each of these loving dogs deserves a better chance and you have the opportunity to provide it to them.