Why Does My Puppy Have Separation Anxiety?
You may be asking yourself this question– Why does my puppy have separation anxiety? Many puppies are put to sleep by owners who can no longer figure out what to do with a puppy that barks or howls constantly when they are gone, destroys things in their absence and basically makes a nuisance of himself. These people do not understand that the puppy is not being disobedient—he is most likely suffering from separation anxiety.
Don’t Be One of the Ignorant Owners Who Would Have Their Own Puppy Destroyed Due to Their Own Ignorance
When you get a new puppy be sure that he is at least 8 weeks old as puppies should not be taken from their mothers before the age of 8 weeks. Also start crate training him right away so he will feel safe and secure if he is taught from the outset that his crate is his refuge and a safe and secure place where he doesn’t need to be afraid. Another very important part of his early education should be socialization training. Get him enrolled in a socialization training class with other puppies and their owners so he learns to get along with other puppies and not to be afraid of other people.
Puppies are pack animals. As his family, you are his pack. When you leave him alone, he feels lost and scared. Often loud noises will frighten him. His howling and destructiveness are the only way he has of showing his displeasure. You can help him get through this with patience.
Try to find a room where he feels comfortable—one that isn’t close to a street or other traffic. If possible, buying a crate made specifically for the size of your puppy will help him feel more comfortable. Placing a loved toy and an item of clothing that smells like you inside with him will increase that comfort.
Give Your Puppy Time and be Patient Your Puppy Will Learn That You Aren’t Leaving Forever
Start by leaving him only a few minutes at a time. He needs to be confident that you will return. You can gradually extend the amount of time as he becomes more comfortable. Praise him greatly for every time he waits quietly. If all else fails, talk with your vet and see if he can prescribe some type of anti-anxiety medication to give your puppy when you need to be away.
Your puppy can’t help his anxiety. You are his safety and he feels lost without you. Give him time and patience and he will eventually learn to tolerate your absence. There is no reason to have a healthy animal put down because he loves you so much he misses you when you are gone. Work with him. You and he will both benefit from this.