5 Surprising Signs Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety

5 Surprising Signs Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety

Last Updated on April 7, 2021

Saying goodbye to your puppy, even if just for a short while, can feel like leaving your baby behind. you can also notice signs your dog has separation anxiety. When you’re at work, out on a date, or staying over at a friend’s, you probably miss your dog and wish you could have them snuggling against you, but what bout your dog?  Whether it is joy, anger, fear, shame, love, dogs have strong emotions of attachment to their human parents, so when they have to be separated from you, they experience something called “separation anxiety.” According to the College of Veterinary Medicine, 20 to 40% of dogs presented at behavioral specialists suffer from separation anxiety disorder that occurs in the absence of the pet’s guardian. If you’ve been away from your dog for a while, your dog might be going through the same thing. Not sure? Take a look at this list of dog behavior and signs your dog has separation anxiety.

1. Signs your dog has separation anxiety: They chew your belongings

Does your dog chew your shoes, paperwork, clothes, and even furniture when you’re gone?  Dogs chew to relieve the distress coming from separation anxiety, so if your dog usually only chew when alone, that is a sign they miss you deeply. If you notice that your dog barks, whines, paces, pr urinates on furniture, it is also a big sign of separation anxiety in dogs.

2. They cuddle up to your shoes

Do you come back home to find your dog cuddling up to your shoes, shirt, or anything you wear? That is one of the signs your dog has separation anxiety and is soaking up your scent to relieve their separation anxiety stress. You are your dog’s world and favorite scents, so it’s only natural that they would miss you when you’re not home.

3. They lean against you

Does your dog lean against you out of nowhere? It means that they are seeking comfort and attention from you after a long day or days apart. It’s like silently saying, “I’m glad you’re here.”