How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds
Ask a Dog Veterinary question
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
characters left:
2 Dog Veterinarians are Online Now

Questions about Separation Anxiety in Dogs

What is separation anxiety in dogs?

Separation anxiety in dogs is a state where the dog displays misery and obedience problems when the dog has to be separated from its owner. Separation anxiety usually starts within the first 30 minutes after the owner has left the dog. Some dogs that suffer from separation anxiety will scratch at the door, harm themselves, urinate in the house, and many more things. For more information you can read below where Experts have answered many questions about separation anxiety in dogs.

What is causing a 3 year old dog to chew up the couch cushions when the owner is gone?

The behavior that has been described sounds like the dog has separation anxiety issues due to the fact that the dog may be bored. One of the fastest ways to stop this issue is to buy a Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) Collar. You can find these at most pet stores; this collar works as a soothing aid for the dog. There are also sprays that you can buy that will make the dog not want to chew on things that it is sprayed on. Now if none of these things work you may want to try medication that you can get from a Veterinarian’s office.

Why does a dog chew on its own feces, shred any paper in the house and urinate while the owner is out of the house?

In many situations, this may be a cause of separation anxiety, and this can be one of the hardest behaviors to deal with and to treat. This is because, this behavior may only happen when the owner is away when the behavior starts, so the owner will not be able to discipline the dog when the issue arises. The individual may need to make sure that all papers are picked up before you leave the house, or an option would be to try putting hot sauce on one of the papers and you could even do the same with the feces. Doing this may stop the dog from chewing on these things because the items have hot sauce on them that will burn the dog’s mouth. You may try putting aluminum foil and double sided tape on the ground where they dog usually urinates these thing may stop the dog because they won’t want to walk on them. If none of this works you can always resort to crating the dog while you are gone.

Why would a well behaved rescue dog start urinating in the house while the owner is gone, when the dog has never done this before?

In many cases, this could be a symptom of the dog having separation anxiety. There are a couple solutions the individual may try, the result may vary depending on the dogs itself. The first one being that the individual can put their dog in a pet carrier while they are away from the home. Most dogs will not urinate where they lay; the individual may only need to get a carrier that is slightly larger than the dog, so that the dog can lie down and turn around if needed. The dog may think of the carrier as a safe haven to be in while their owner is away, so this may help the dog be less anxious while the individual is away from their dog. The second thing that the individual may want to try is anxiety medication that is prescribed by a Veterinarian. This medication is normally a pill that is orally given one time a day; it can take up to 2 or 3 week to show results.

Why does my dog follow me everywhere I go, even into the bathroom?

This may be a disorder called separation anxiety where the dog may get very nervous that their owner going to leave and not return. Sometimes this is a very hard disorder to fix because the dog may start to act out when you leave the house because the dog is scared. You may want to take the dog to the Veterinarian and be prescribed a medicine called Clomicalm. This medication is used exclusively for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety.

When a person owns a very destructive dog this can be very upsetting, especially if you do not know why the dog is acting out. Most owners blame themselves which normally is not the case at all. In many cases the dog is suffering what the Veterinarian’s call separation anxiety. Many dog owners don’t know how to deal with the issues; individuals may turn to a dog veterinarian for fast and affordable answers or information.
Ask a Dog Veterinary question
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
characters left:
2 Dog Veterinarians are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Ron

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    21214
    23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FO/fordguy4u/2011-12-17_222940_HPIM1257.64x64.JPG Ron's Avatar

    Ron

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    21214
    23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/lyeung1/2010-07-25_032152_tn_IMG_0241.JPG Dr. Y.'s Avatar

    Dr. Y.

    Urologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    18396
    I am fellowship trained specializing in general urology and reconstructive urology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/docjohn174/2008-12-13_170143_johnask.jpg John's Avatar

    John

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    13453
    Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MU/multistatelaw/2011-11-27_173951_Tinaglamourshotworkglow102011.64x64.jpg Tina's Avatar

    Tina

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    8493
    JD, BBA Over 25 years legal and business experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/dermdoc19/2010-09-30_160749_Photo_122807_015.JPG dermdoc19's Avatar

    dermdoc19

    Dermatologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3856
    30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/birddoctor/2012-6-22_173214_birddoctor.64x64.png Dr. Pat's Avatar

    Dr. Pat

    Bird Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3384
    25+ years working primarily or exclusively with birds
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3299
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
 
 
 
Dog Veterinary Questions By Month: