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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dogs and Separation Anxiety

Coco was a rescue dog when she first came to live in our home and our family was quick to give her the love and attention she needed. At that time I didn't know what separation anxiety was or how it impacted a dog. One day my mom and I went to see a movie (I believe it was the first avengers movie so around 2012 - 2013) so we left Coco and our other dog Boris at home. When we came home, we were greeted by the sight of dog pee everywhere, tore up stuffed animals, and Coco sitting in the middle of the living room with a guilty look on her face. My mom and I looked at each other and realized that something was wrong with Coco. We did a little research and found out that she had an extreme case of separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is where a dog may become disruptive when separated from their owner. It is very common among dogs and other pets because they see us as their caretaker and companion. When they become separated from their caregiver/companion, they become anxious because they don't know that we will only be gone for a short amount of time. Every time we walk out that door, they think we are leaving them forever and that they need to find a way to survive in our absence. As Coco was a rescue dog, this reaction may have been exaggerated as she was alone in her previous environment.

One common way of minimizing the effects of separation anxiety is to have someone dog sit for you. For example, have one of your friends stay in your house and watch over your pet while you are gone because if someone is there, then the dog does not feel alone, and the separation anxiety is reduced. If you can’t find a friend to watch your pet, then hire a dog sitter. Some companies that I would recommend are Rover, DogVacay, and Fetch.

I hope you found this article educational and enjoyable!!!

Michael John Kulick
My goal with this venture is to give these pets a fighting chance in finding a good home for them and to let people know about the health benefits that come with owning a pet. I believe that every is unique and that each dog can cater to different people.

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