Myths About Dog Behavior and Separation Anxiety


Punishment isn't effective for treating separation anxiety and can make  the situation worse. The destruction and house soiling that often occur  with separation anxiety aren't your dog's revenge for being left alone:  they're part of a panic response.

Another dog:

Getting your dog a companion usually doesn't help an anxious dog  because his anxiety is the result of her separation from you, not just  the result of being alone. 


Your dog will still engage in anxiety responses  inside a crate, and she may urinate, defecate, howl, or even injure  herself in an attempt to escape.  

Radio/TV noise:

 Leaving the radio or television on won't help (unless the radio or TV is used as a safety cue). 

Obedience training:

While formal training is always a good idea, separation anxiety isn't  the result of disobedience or lack of training; therefore, it won't help  this particular issue. 

*adapted from the Humane Society of the United States

Popular Myths About SA

 1. My dog is just bored and needs a job.  Most dogs display  symptoms just minutes after their owners leave, which is much too soon  for a dog to feel under-stimulated or deprived.  Video evidence has  shown that most dogs with SA refuse invitations to play by other dogs  and do not play with food toys either.

2.  My dog destroyed my house because he is angry at me.  SA is about a dog experiencing panic & distress about an owner's absence.  Try to see this dog behavior from your pooch's perspective!

3.  My dog is just a "Velcro" dog.  A dog that just wants to be  with people is not the same as a dog that panics in the absence of his  owner.  The former is an unusually social dog; the latter is  experiencing profound mental & physical distress.