Does your dog exhibit signs of anxiety as you grab your car keys, put on your shoes, or put on your jacket? Have you arrived home to discover your dog has chewed the door, torn blinds, or eaten the door frame?
Some dogs acclimate to a lonerish life style from 9am-5am, while many do not.
Think about it. Dogs, like coyotes or wolves, are innate pack animals. They are the survivors of many generations of pack animals, animals who were wholly dependent upon the pack to hunt, sleep, protect territory, fend off predators, and raise little ones.
How long would this coyote survive? At what frequency would he successfully reproduce? And with no females around, what are the statistical chances he’ll pass his loner life style to the next generation?
Slim to none.
How will you know if your dog has separation anxiety (sep anx), he may vocalize during your departure, destroy doorways, window sills, exits, or any threshold as a means of getting back to you. This should NOT be confused with random destruction like chewing the sofa, rummaging through trash, or eating your remote control. This is not sep anx, it is simply because it feels good to chew and you are not present to intercept him.
SEP ANX DOGS WILL CHEW SPECIFICALLY TO GET TO YOU.
If this sounds like your dog, start with the following 5 solutions: