Being alone can be really frightening, especially when you are a kid. A natural reaction of a child, when left alone is to cry. We have all gone through this when we were young, We were always glued to our parents, especially to our moms. We do not want to be away from them. This is human instinct since when we were born, our mom is the first person that we lay our eyes on. In fact, we’ve already formed an attachment when we were still inside our mother’s womb.
Being left alone can be very emotional and stressful. It can be a difficult experience. But this fear of being isolated is not only exclusively felt by human beings. Animals are no exception. Even puppies, considered to be man’s best friend, suffer the same emotional predicament.
Be Attentive to Your Puppy’s Needs and try to Understand
Puppies are naturally social creatures, they are pack animals. Like babies that develop an attachment to their mothers, puppies, too, develop a very strong bond with their canine female parents. These pups would only want to be with their turf, where the mother or father can guard them or provide food through the female puppy’s mammary glands. But once this canine family attachment is dissolved, the puppy immediately turns its attention to their owner or caretaker.
Puppies that become too dependent on their owners also do not want to be left alone. When puppies are left alone by their owners, they become really upset. As ”puppy depression” upset sets in, they become restless and even destructive This condition is called Separation Anxiety.
Separation anxiety in puppies is one of the most common canine behavioral problems encountered by veterinarians and seasoned puppy breeders. Puppies can develop separation anxiety much faster if they do not have enough “socialization”. It can also occur if a puppy is repeatedly transferred from one owner to another. Puppies that came from animal shelters and puppies that experienced traumatic events such as being in the house during a fire, during a burglary attempt, or while an alarm system sounded may show signs of anxiety.
Watch for Signs of Separation Anxiety in Your Puppy
A puppy suffering from separation anxiety will become extremely anxious and distressed. Some signs of distress in your puppy may include any of the following:
– Excessive barking and whining when left alone
– Incessant chewing on variety of things and destroys objects
– Urinate, defecate and vomit in different locations in the house
– Demands too much attention from you when you are at home
– Gets overly excited when you return home
Puppies that fail to cope with a sudden change in environment may also develop separation anxiety. It is often difficult to treat this condition because the behavior only occurs when the owner is not around. It can also be alarming when the owner leaves for an extended period of time.
Experts say that there are medications that can suppress anxiety. These are often used on puppies with severe separation anxiety or when owners simply must leave the puppy alone for an extended period while treatment is being done. The use of drugs allows the puppy to spend extended periods of time free of anxiety. A veterinarian should be consulted for further information about the use of safe and effective anxiety-suppressing drugs.
These are other ways to reduce separation anxiety in your puppy:
– Make arrivals and departures very low key
– Give your puppy something to do when he is alone
– Plan your exits
– Leave a radio or TV on so he can listen to human voices when left alone
– Confine your puppy in a crate that will also serve him as shelter
– Exercise your puppies
It is important to take immediate measures once you suspect that your puppy has this condition. Visit a veterinarian and inquire about a puppy stress treatment program. Keep in mind that your pet’s disorder can be treated and that they also need proper care and attention. So, if you noticed that your puppy is so stuck on you, you might consider taking your “best friend” to the veterinarian.