Separation Anxiety and Your Dog

It's not fully understood why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and others don't. Remember a dog's behaviors are part of a panic response.

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety happens when a dog is more than a little whining when you leave or a bit of mischief while you’re out. It's a serious condition and one of the main reasons owners get frustrated with their dogs.

Signs of Separation Anxiety

  • Accidents when housebroken
  • Excessive chewing, digging, scratching
  • Obsessive pacing
  • Bark, howl and/or whine to excess

Any dog might do some of these things once in a while, but one with separation anxiety will do them almost all the time.

How to Treat

Firstly a vet should be consulted to rule out any medical problems. If you dog is taking any prescriptions, ask your vet if they can be to blame.

  • Don't make a big deal out of arrivals and departures
  • Leave your dog in a room with a window and plenty of toys
  • Provide recently worn clothes that smell like you


There are also calming supplements available that can help reduce separation anxiety in dogs. Here at Muntech Products, we manufacture our Travel & Calming Aid.

What Not To Do

  • While formal training is always a good idea, separation anxiety isn't the result of disobedience or lack of training.
  • Punishment isn't effective for treating separation anxiety and can make the situation worse.
  • Your dog will still engage in anxiety responses inside a crate and can even injure themself in an attempt to escape.

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  • need something to help my dog stop chewing on my pillows and his bed

    beverly jones

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