The separation anxiety is a behavioral syndrome that affects dogs and is manifested by signs of distress when the animal will be left alone or separated from a person which has a strong attachment relationship. The number of dogs affected with this disorder is 17%.
Dogs that suffer from it tend to destroy the house, defecating or urinating in inappropriate places, or even saliva automutilar and many of them pronounced and the owner realizes the problem to the complaints of neighbors.
Many of these animals show signs of hiperapego the owner (sit on the couch in close contact with us, go to the house or show nervousness when we separate them, even changing room).
Many of these dogs know the signs that indicate the person out of the house and grabbed the keys, put on work clothes or connect the alarm and many of them may be actively trying to prevent the departure of the owner, nibbling clothes or cloth handy when trying to access the door.
INSTRUCTIONS TO MODIFY THE BEHAVIOR.
When we are at home:
. Play and exercise the dog daily.
. Not enhance the animal that we want and keep our attention.
. If you have hiperapego (we follow the house is always in physical contact with us, etc.), give an order to calm down and be obdiente when away from us in a soft voice.
. Practice must sit where the animal was rewarded when sitting on a lower level than ours (eg pillow on the floor) and go where you feel moving increasingly away from us.
. Desensitizing the animal of our departure (taking the keys several times a day but not go on, take the briefcase to go to work, etc.) and ignore the dog’s response.
. If the dog becomes aggressive when we leave, practice giving commands to feel close to the source and give rewards in the form of food and rewarding to it several times while we steps away from him and opening the door to let us go.
When preparing the way:
. Trying to turn off the television, radio, etc. 30 minutes before leaving because the animal does not consider the off these devices as a stimulus to anxiety when we leave feedback.
. Not interact with the dog in 30 minutes before leaving.
. Leaving the animal in a warm, comfortable and safe before we go or leave it in a day nursery ..
. Enrich the environment with juquetes chews or toys that may be put in food (eg Kong) when leaving.
. Left home quietly, without making too much noise with the keys, etc..
. If the dog is aggressive to us, give orders to sit or stand in quiet dellugar close to where we go.
When we return:
. Do not punish or scold the dog ever.
. Not to get too rowdy.
. Do not pat the dog or say hello to welcome you until you have calmed down and has four legs in contact with the ground.
Just keep in mind that separation anxiety is a treatable problem and that if we act effectively to resolve it and prevent the abandonment or even euthanasia of many animals.