How To Tell The Difference Between Boredom and Separation Anxiety in Dogs

As a pet sitter I am often hired to visit dogs who are bored, destructive and bark excessively. One of the first things we need to establish is whether the dog is bored or is suffering from separation anxiety. Boredom and separation anxiety may have some similar behaviors, but they are different problems which require different solutions.

The age of the dog is significant

Young dogs and puppies get bored quickly and look for things to do to amuse themselves — many of which involve destroying something.

To help relieve your pet of boredom, you can follow some simple methods. These different examples can all help your dog stay healthy and friendly. While there is no official list, I’m sure that every pet sitter in Austin and Austin dog walking expert will suggest similar, if not exact boredom relief.

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  • pet exercise
  • dog walks and dog walking
  • pet play time
  • Kong toys
  • cuddles and furkid hugs
  • putting their minds to use learning basic obedience commands
  • hiring a reliable pet sitter

These are all great ways to help break up the monotony for your dog while you are at work.

The behavior of the dog is significant

Dogs who are bored are not displaying signs of nervousness. This is a misconception and can be looked upon with a quick checklist.

A dog who is suffering separation anxiety will show signs of intense nervousness such as the following. While this checklist can you a beginning understanding of possible issues your dog may have, nothing should replace a vet seeing your pooch.

  • pacing
  • excessive drooling
  • shaking
  • excessive barking
  • eliminating inappropriately in the home
  • loose stools
  • chaotic destruction of property
  • no interest in food while you are away
  • sometimes hurting themselves through excessive licking, scratching or other obsessive behavior

Seeing your dog as he or she is

Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety tend to have other issues that might seem to be loving in your eyes. However, they could be a sign of needing help.

  • be clingy following their owner around the house
  • greet owners overly enthusiastically when they return home,/li>
  • they may howl, bark, or scratch at the door when you leave

What can you do if you feel your dog needs assistance?

If you suspect that your dog suffers from separation anxiety, you should speak to your vet. Separation anxiety can be controlled through behavior modification and/or medication.

And, as always, we recommend companionship. A simple visit or two a day by a loving, experienced dog sitter or dog walker will help to do wonders.