Separation Anxiety (SA) is a type of separation related behaviour (SRB) that refers specifically to when a dog has an intense bond with a specific person(s) and cannot tolerate their absence, regardless of whether another human or animal companion is present. Dogs suffering from SA may bark, whine, howl, pace, display excessive drooling, lose bowel or bladder control, and exhibit destructiveness such as scratching and chewing through the moldings, drywall or doors, breaking out of crates, and digging under or jumping over fences, all of which could result in physical self-injury, such as broken teeth, cut and scraped front paws and damaged nails.
Other canine SRB include isolation distress, fear of missing out (FOMO), and containment phobia, and while some dogs may display a predominant type of SRB, many may display a combination depending on the circumstances. There is no conclusive evidence to explain why some dogs experience separation related behaviours, while others do not, but regardless of the cause, we can help.
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