This issue is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I am dealing with this issue for a dog I simply adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the issue isn’t treated or worked on it can lead to more stressful problems. This problem isn’t seen in each dog.
Some of the signs to look for are:
Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more damaging than others.
Destructive like chewing on shoes or furniture, scratching, digging or going to the bathroom on the floors.
Barking, whining, howling.
Depression, lack of appetite, trouble breathing.
Following you from room to room.
The dog starts running in circles as you’re preparing to leave.
Some dogs may try to escape from the house to look for you.
Here are some tips to decrease the separation anxiety on your dog.
For a shelter dog that’s been adopted is to have patience. The dog will learn new commands better to help combat the issue if he believes that the new house is safe, secure environment. Need to bond with your dog like playing and going on walks. This can help to use up his energy and plan to relax alone. Create a quiet safe area for the pet only. Over time your dog will learn that he is going to be safe in that space as you are gone.
Next is to maintain passing and coming low key. This might be hard in the beginning. For departing try to not pay attention to the dog for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving the home. After coming home ignore the dog for a few minutes, than acknowledge him with some calming petting or hugs.
Offer some more reassuring things for the dog by leaving a piece of clothing that will have your scent on it. This will help relax and some feeling of familiarity because of your scent. Also don’t forget to leave his favorite toys and treats. Buy some treat games to him occupied and the brain mentally stimulating while you’re gone.
You could introduce a safety cue to be used such as”which you will be right back” for each time you leave the house. Start small with the safety cue when you’re going outside with the garbage. Most of the time you are only gone a few minutes. Than keep building up the time you are away.
Initially practice your departure routine by gathering your things that you take every day with you and sit down. Repeat this routine till your dog show no signs of distress. This way you are establishing a routine. Most dogs love having a daily routine with it master.
Don’t be cruel to your dog by yelling or dismissing him. This might cause the problem to get worse. Try to calm him down with relaxing petting and talking softy to him in a low tone.
The best bit of advice is to be patient, consistent and persisted from the technique you’re using.
Separation anxiety is not a consequence of lack of training or disobedience but it’s a panic response.