Puppy Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Puppy Separation Anxiety

Is your Dog suffering from Puppy separation anxiety? Behavioural anxiety is experienced by more than 10% of Dogs all over the world and can be a result of either depression or because of prolonged separation from you and your family. Dogs suffering from puppy separation anxiety may exhibit behaviour such as biting, chewing, barking, salivating, urinating, defecating and vomiting. These dogs usually are confused and they have no idea when you will return, so this anxiety displays itself in the form of one or more of the pre mentioned behaviours. Behaviour such as trying to escape and breaking free has also been observed. Puppy separation anxiety is dangerous for you as well as or your dogs and you should watch out for signs of this as a key priority in ensuring your Pups wellbeing. Apart from the mental stress it places on the animal, the behaviour they may exhibit becomes dangerous and can include extreme emotional distress, attempting to chew through walls and even dig under fences.


Some of the factors that affect the development of a dog’s behaviour and may lead it to suffer from puppy separation anxiety might be inherent, early learning habits or the attitude of its current and previous owners. The fundamental cause behind this ailment also comes from lack of confidence in a dog. Poor socialization Training and a lack of understanding of what is expected in terms of acceptable behaviour are other culpable factors. Unwitting or premeditated abuse of the dog by its owners can also play a vital role in puppy separation anxiety.


Mostly, the anxiety that the dogs suffer from is due to the attachment that they feel towards you. This might be due to the fact that right before leaving the house and as soon as entering it back, you pay too much attention to your dog and pet it or certain other actions that the dogs miss when you are gone. Although understandable, there is no real reason for your dog to be agitated and if properly trained, you can leave them for hours without having to worry about puppy separation anxiety

How to reduce the anexity

There are a lot of ways that can ensure that your dogs don’t suffer from anxiety. Here are a few of them that can easily be used to reduce puppy separation anxiety.

Inspect your dog’s behaviour and try to work around the actions that agitate him. When you wake up in the morning and you feel that you dog has sensed that you will be leaving the house and has started getting anxious and aggressive then try to wake up and get dressed at a different schedule. If your dog knows your alarm clock sounding off too well, try to change the tune of it. Small changes in your morning routine will make your dog less agitated when you leave.

You might be tempted to pet your dog before leaving the house and right after coming back but it is best if you avoid doing it. This will just reinforce that you are about to leave and will agitate your dog. Ignore your dog for 10-15 minutes when you get home, and if they made sad face and noises around you, ignore them. Crate training and feeding your dogs in a separate room so that you can leave and come back at regular intervals will help your dog in learning how to control its puppy separation anxiety.

Give some practice to your dog by leaving the house and coming back after short intervals of time and gradually elongating the intervals. Dog separation anxiety can be reduced by changing the dog’s expectations and his assumptions for how long you’d be gone. When they see you return after shorter intervals of time, they will feel comfortable with your departures and you can gradually work your way up to stretch returning time.


You might feel that crate training and leaving your puppy in the house for training purposes is cruel but you have to realize that puppy separation anxiety is a serious issue. By training them for it you are helping your dog with its physical and behavioural issues. You have to stress on your dog that you are not only coming back home to them but you are the leader of the pack and that there is no reason for them to feel the anxiety. Reduce your dog’s feeling of abandonment by training them to stay calm and stop their association with anxiety to your comings and goings to ensure a safe, happy dog.


Some of the most common symptoms associated with puppy separation anxiety are excessive barking when you leave the house and can progress up to destroying the house while you are away, making a mess in the house and continuous barking and shouting for hours after you’ve left, if the symptoms are not addressed in the beginning of the ailment.

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JThomp42 4 years ago

Separation anxiety is definitely real. When I would go on a trip my dog refused to eat or even go outside for my brother. As soon as I came home, She would greet me and then go straight to her bowl to eat. Her's was more of a depression I think. Broke my heart.

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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

I agree, this is such a sad problem. People shouldn't have dogs unless they can give them that "pack" feel that they need.

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