It is pretty easy to spot your dog’s separation anxiety. You come home after a long day at work and find your house all torn up. The base boards and door frame are all chewed up, your sofa pillows look like they were hit with a shot gun, and papers are scattered all over the place. You then notice a nasty note from your next-door neighbor on your front door about your barking dog. It is a pretty good bet that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety.
The bad news is that it is difficult to understand why your dog may be experiencing separation anxiety. The good news is that there are systematic, dog training steps you can take to modify your dog’s behavior and direct them away from this fear.
The first step you must take is to identify the trigger of your dog’s present actions. Once this is accomplished, you need to create a plan to mitigate the trigger and redirect your dog to a more appropriate focus. Robin and I have a great dog training article that can help you accomplish this. Please read our article titled “What Can I Do About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety”.