Separation Related Behaviours in Dogs



Separation anxiety is a fear response that occurs in dogs when they are separated from either a specific person, people in general, or in some cases, another animal. The dog is literally afraid of being left alone, just like some humans are afraid of public speaking or heights.
Fears and anxiety are medical conditions that can be managed by modifying the dog’s environment and behavioural response, however, in severe cases they can become extremely debilitating and may require support through medication.
In mild cases the dog may feel uncomfortable on its own; it may not eat or play as much as usual. In moderate to more severe cases, the dog will express both physical and behavioural signs of severe stress.