Dealing with your dog's separation anxiety
General anxiety and separation anxiety are two of the leading reasons dogs are relinquished to the humane society or forced to find a new home.
Before you decide to adopt or buy a pet, it is important to research the breed and their needs. Herding breeds, such as Australian Shepherds and Border Collies, do not make good apartment dogs and need a "job" and lots of exercise to be happy.
While separation anxiety can be difficult to diagnose, signs may include anxiousness as the owner tries to leave, digging, chewing, barking, howling, or aggressive behaviors. When dealing with anxiety, here are a few things to keep in mind:
The veterinary team at EVCOT or your local vet can determine whether your dog's behavior is caused by separation anxiety and help outline a plan for behavioral modification training.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052