Is Your Dog Anxious?

Separation Anxiety?


There are certain aspects of a dog’s history that may make him more susceptible to developing canine separation anxiety.  If your puppy has experienced one or more of these and is exhibiting multiple signs of anxiety, it is suggested you consult with a behavior trainer.  The following are considered risk factors: 

  • Punitive rearing practices 
  • Dogs that are re-homed or adopted from an animal shelter 
  • Dogs kenneled frequently for long periods of time 
  • Sudden change in routine from lots of time spent with owner to very little time with owner 
  • Significant change in daily routine or schedule 
  • Moving to a new home (with owner) 
  • Dogs who show acute awareness to owner’s every move 
  • Preexisting anxiety-based disorders (depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder) 
  • Any traumatic event experienced by dog when he was alone 
  • Emotionally traumatic experience of any kind 
  • Early or late placement from mother and littermates 
  • Being left alone at a young age 
  • Failure to gradually expose pup to absences 
  • Long term or permanent absence of a family member 
  • Addition of a new family member 
  • Social isolation in general within first 4 months of life 
  • Cognitive dysfunction (geriatric disorder) 
  • Breeds that were bred to work closely and eagerly with their handler 

If a puppy or dog is coddled a lot and prevented from learning independence, a hyper-normal social attachment may develop. 


None of these signs, on their own, prove your dog has anxiety.  Combined signs with known risk factors are indicators.  If you believe your dog has anxiety it is suggested you consult with a behavior trainer.

• Excessive distress vocalization (barking, whining) 

• Scratching or digging at furniture, the door, window frames, etc. 

• Frantic pacing 

• Frantic visual scanning 

• Inappropriate chewing 

• Increased frequency of urination/defecation 

• Drooling, usually at door, window, or crate 

• Wet footprints from sweaty paws 

• Highly exaggerated greeting routine that appears frantic, excited, happy, or submissive 

• Aggression 

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