Most dogs will be sad, even bark or whine when you leave the house. It is completely normal as long as they don’t take it to the extremes. Separation anxiety can be a serious condition in dogs and should never be ignored. It can be dangerous to their well-being and can cause damage both to your beloved pet and your house.
THIS IS HOW TO IDENTIFY SEPARATION ANXIETY
—Dogs with separation anxiety typically display stress and behavioral problems. These problems usually manifest as excessive barking and whining when the dog is left alone. It can even be triggered as early as you are making preparations to leave the house.
—Your dog may follow you around the house at home, trotting behind you from room to room. This is also an indication that you are dealing with separation anxiety.
—Separation anxiety in dogs can occur with both short and long absences. Regardless if you leave the house for minutes or hours, a dog with separation anxiety will react the same way to your leaving.
There is absolutely no distinct cause for separation anxiety. Dogs may develop this condition at different times in their lives for different reasons. Certain scenarios, like a sudden change in residence or routine, can trigger separation anxiety in dogs. You moving to a new house or someone in your family taking a full-time job can be the very reason why your dog suddenly developed separation anxiety.
It can also manifest completely differently in different types of dogs. Some dogs may only bark and whine, while others with a more serious case of separation anxiety would tear apart the house, scratch or even chew through the door in their attempt to escape.