It is common for pets to suffer from anxiety when you leave them home alone. They can go crazy missing you and they do tear up the home if they suffer from it in a severe degree. You may find that they have urinated in the home, defecated and even have ripped up furniture or eaten shoes. The mess can be so bad that you may think that you have been broken into until you see that nothing is missing it is all just damaged.
Not all pets are destructive to your items nor do they always relieve themselves inappropriately even when potty trained even though this is common. Some simply bark and whine from the time you leave them until you come back home. While this may not bother you, your neighbors have probably complained about this behavior. Another symptom is when they are overly excited when you get home and jump all over you and want to be on you constantly until they calm themselves down. So what is pet separation anxiety and how can you deal with it?
The reason that pets, dogs in particular feel this way is because they have no sense of time. They also get bored and lonely and want you home so they can play or sleep with you. They just want you to be home and they do not know if you are ever coming home. If they do not have a doggy door where they can easily get outside, they become even more anxious. Destructive behavior is a way to get attention and they do not care if it is negative attention.
There are some things you can do to keep your pets from becoming anxious. Before you go out of the house, create a pattern that allows them to have your attention and to let them know you are coming back. This should be done each and every time you leave without fail. Give them plenty to do while you are gone such as a pig’s ear or rawhide that they can chew and keep anything you want nice up and out of their reach. You can also go one step further by crating them when you are gone. Dogs are natural den animals and feel more secure when they are in one occasionally and it does not hurt them.
Those pets that suffer from severe separation anxiety, take them to vet and make sure there are not any underlying health problems. Other than that, just show your pets as much love and care as possible when you are with them and bring them along with you when you leave once in a while. They appreciate this added treat and can be less anxious when you are gone.