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Jonathan Wisniewski - Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin (EVCOT) -  EMERGENCY VETERINARY CLINIC INSIDER -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:

  • Punishment is ineffective and only increases the dog's anxiety level.
  • Encourage your dog to be independent, and pay no attention to pestering and demanding behaviors.
  • Make your arrivals and departures low-key. Try ignoring your dog for 30 minutes before you leave.
  • Antianxiety medications are often beneficial, but many can take a while to show results.
  • Training and behavioral modification is very helpful and increases the effectiveness of medications.
  • 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

    503-691-7922

    www.evcot.com/

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