There is so much out there on how to help your dog with separation anxiety and the potential causes. I want to take a moment to dispel some of the misconceptions that are out there.
It's a result of poor training: Separation anxiety is not caused by poor training or a lack of discipline. It's a behavioral disorder that results from an emotional response from being left alone. Your dog is panicking and feels unsafe being left alone.
It's a sign of disobedience: Dogs with separation anxiety are not being disobedient. They are experiencing a high level of anxiety and distress when separated from their owner.
It only affects certain breeds: Separation anxiety can occur in any breed of dog, regardless of their size or temperament.
It can be cured quickly: Treating separation anxiety takes time and patience. It's a complex condition that requires a comprehensive treatment plan and behavior modification techniques.
Punishment is an effective treatment: Punishing a dog with separation anxiety will only make the problem worse. It's important to address the underlying cause of the anxiety and work with a professional to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Providing the dog with another companion will fix the problem: While having another dog may provide some comfort for a dog with separation anxiety, it's not a cure for the condition. Treatment still needs to be provided by a professional to address the underlying issue.
Most importantly, please know that if your dog has separations anxiety, it is not your fault!