One night I came home from work to​ find our house in​ disarray. the​ pungent scent of​ urine filled the​ air. Pillows were scattered everywhere,​ their stuffing torn out. Vases and other knickknacks were reduced to​ mere shards of​ porcelain and glass. Some of​ my books were ripped to​ shreds. at​ first I thought that my apartment had been burglarized but I realized that the​ burglars couldn't have missed seeing the​ flat screen television,​ DVD player and speakers prominently displayed in​ the​ living room. the​ one thing missing was my dog,​ a​ large Labrador retriever named Bob. I worriedly searched the​ rest of​ the​ apartment and found nothing else amiss. Upon entering my bedroom,​ I found Bob under the​ bed chewing one of​ my shoes. if​ that wasn't bad enough,​ I saw a​ pile of​ dog stool right on​ my pillow. as​ I scolded him for making a​ mess,​ I wondered why a​ normally well-behaved dog like Bob could make such a​ mess. That's when I learned about pet separation anxiety.

Pet separation anxiety manifests itself in​ different ways. They can be destructive,​ as​ Bob was,​ or​ choose to​ disturb your neighbors with a​ fit of​ loud barking and whining. They may also spread their stool and urine in​ the​ most unexpected places,​ such as​ the​ inside of​ your favorite pair of​ shoes or​ all over your clothes. They chew and scratch on​ furniture without compunction. They tend to​ destroy things that you​ frequntly use and carry your scent,​ and they do all these things as​ soon as​ you​ leave them alone. They are also wildly excited to​ see you​ when you​ get back,​ incessantly demanding your attention.

But what can cause this anxiety in​ our beloved pets? One of​ the​ most common reasons is​ when pets are frequently left alone,​ they get bored. They may also feel abandoned by their owners. the​ bad behavior that they manifest is​ merely a​ cry for much needed attention.

So what can you​ do about it? Teach your pet to​ recognize I cues signaling your departure,​ such as​ picking up your keys and interact with them on​ your terms and not when they demand it. Try increasing the​ amount of​ exercise that your pet gets,​ but if​ your time is​ limited you​ may want to​ consider hiring someone to​ walk your pet. Add more toys for it​ to​ chew. During the​ hours that you​ are away at​ work,​ you​ might want to​ hire a​ dog sitter or​ putting your pet in​ daycare. if​ you​ have the​ space,​ you​ can set aside an​ area for your pet. Crates and pens are available in​ different sizes and materials. Choose one suitable to​ the​ size and strength of​ your pet.

In case of​ serious separation anxiety cases,​ consult your veterinarian. They may be able to​ suggest other available therapies or​ medication for your pet. you​ can also consult with pet trainers and do research in​ print or​ online for ways on​ how to​ train your pet to​ accept your absence. Internet forums for pet owners can also be a​ valuable tool for learning effective techniques in​ handling your pet's separation anxiety.

But most of​ all,​ treat your pet with love and sensitivity. Remember that your pet is​ only acting out what it​ cannot verbalize. With a​ little help,​ you​ and your pet can live an​ anxiety-free existence.
Pets Pets Reviewed by Henda Yesti on August 19, 2018 Rating: 5

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