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Separation Anxiety
  • Barking
  • Protective Behavior
  • Social Isolation/Frustration/Attention Seeking
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Your dog may be barking due to separation anxiety if:

    • The barking occurs only when you're gone and starts as soon as, or shortly after, you leave.
    • Your dog displays other behaviors that reflect a strong attachment to you, such as following you from room to room, greeting you frantically, or reacting anxiously whenever you prepare to leave.
    • Your dog has recently experienced a change in the family's schedule that means he's left alone more often; a move to a new house; the death or loss of a family member or another family pet; or a period at an animal shelter or boarding kennel.

    Recommendations:

    • Some cases of separation anxiety can be resolved using counter-conditioning and desensitization techniques. Successful treatment for some cases may also require the use of medication prescribed by your veterinarian.