Post Quarantine Separation Anxiety For Dogs 

Posted by Gresham Animal Hospital on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

 

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Your Dog And Post Quarantine Separation Anxiety 

It’s well known that pets, particularly dogs, feel best when following a steady routine. 2020, however, is the year that upset all routines. For months, many families remained quarantined with only themselves – and their household pets – for company. After months of having everyone at home much of the time, your dog will have gotten used to the extra quality time. Now things are changing. Not only are adults going back to working at their places of business, but children are going back to school. The change can leave your dog feeling lonely, and may even trigger separation anxiety. 

How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Separation Anxiety? 

Depending on how busy you are, you may not notice your dog’s separation anxiety right away, or you may even dismiss the signs. Here are some behavioral changes to look out for that can indicate your dog has separation anxiety. 

  • Increased barking 
  • A change in eating habits/lack of appetite 
  • Soiling accidents in the house 
  • Chewing on furniture or pillows 
  • Pacing back and forth 
  • Hiding 

How Can I Help My Dog Manage Separation Anxiety? 

If you notice your dog showing signs of separation anxiety, don’t stress yourself. There are ways you can help your sweet dog lower their anxiety and get used to the change they’re experiencing. 

Use Exercise 

One way to help your dog manage their separation anxiety is to exercise them both before you leave and after you get home. This is healthy for your dog and will establish a routine that they can look forward to. 

Keep Hellos And Goodbyes Short And Sweet 

If you give your dog highly emotional or prolonged greetings and goodbyes then it is likely to amp up their anxiety when you are gone. Keep them short and simple. 

Try Doggy Daycare 

Do you have long periods of time when there’s no one in your home? Is your dog alone for up to 8 hours? Then consider doggy daycare. Doggy daycare can go a long way towards lessening separation anxiety and it also gives your dog a social and physical outlet. 

Stimulating Toys 

When you’re gone, leave out toys that are both sturdy and stimulating for your dog to play with. Figure out which kinds of stimulating toys they like best. Do they like chewing toys best, or do they prefer something that makes a crinkle or a squeaking sound? 

Practice Leaving Your Dog Alone 

A good practice to prevent separation anxiety is to give your dog practice with being alone. Leave them alone for short periods of time to help them get used to it instead of taking the cold turkey approach. 

With a little help and support from you, your dog can overcome their separation anxiety! Pay attention to their needs and follow these steps to lower their stress and anxiety. 

Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.