1. Separation Anxiety
If your dog gets a little sad when you leave home for work in the morning and extremely excited when you come back home at the end of the day, he is just a normal dog who loves you deeply.
However, if he gets overly distressed every time you leave him alone at home, so much that he destroys pieces of furniture, scratches the front door, barks excessively, and urinates around the house, we have some bad news.
This behavior is typical in dogs suffering from separation anxiety, a condition that experts believe to affect roughly 15% of dogs. One of the main causes of this specific form of anxiety is precisely related to past traumas.
That’s why it is so common amongst dogs who have been abandoned or had to move houses several times. If nothing is done to manage this situation, separation anxiety may lead to depression in dogs.