Separation anxiety is a behavior that can be easily trained - though it requires getting past a dog's (and your) natural instinct to properly deal with it.

Are you afraid of what happens whenever you need to leave your dog at home alone? Do you anticipate returning to a house that’s been turned upside-down by your dog’s antics? Or angry neighbors that complain about your dog’s constant barking and whining? Your dog probably goes out of their way to make sure they go everywhere with you – perhaps you’ve even bought a myriad of accessories to accommodate this – but on occasions you do need to leave them behind their sad face in the window likely fills you with guilt.

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Separation anxiety in dogs can become a serious problem – not only because it implies you and your dog need to be permanently attached but it can also lead to more destructive behavior as a result of your dog’s acting out. Some of the serious problems associated with separation anxiety in dogs can commonly include excess barking or whining as a result of stress – which can absolutely drive your neighbors mad and result in disputes or all sorts of nasty situations.

And when stress is combined with a lack of exercise your dog could start digging in the backyard or make a serious mess of things if they’re left inside. What you should understand is dogs are essentially pack animals as a result of their wolf ancestry and it is a fairly unnatural occurrence for them to become separated – they hunt together, eat together, sleep together and when they go on their daily walk they do so as a pack. Add to this the fact that many dogs were bred specifically to travel everywhere with their owner – particularly the small toy breeds – and it’s no wonder that dogs can start to get a little worried at the thought of being left on their own.

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