Dogs with separation anxiety experience stress, confusion, and tension. Separation anxiety manifests when a dog is insecure when left alone and is separated from their human.
There are varying separation anxiety levels that dogs can experience, from mild whining to extreme behaviors like destroying their surroundings. Symptoms associated with separation anxiety include:
- Drooling and panting: When dogs experience extreme anxiety, they may pant and or drool excessively.
- Crying, barking, or whining: Dogs will display persistent crying, barking, or howling when separated from their family.
- Urinating or defecating: Dog with separation anxiety will have absence when left alone, even though they are housebroken.
- Destructive behavior: Dogs with severe separation anxiety will dig or chew on furniture or exit points such as doors, window sills, or other accessible objects. This behavior is not only destructive but can also be dangerous and cause injury to your dog.
- Escaping: Some dogs will attempt to flee their home, yard, or crate to find their humans.
- Pacing: Pacing often at the door their human used to leave is a common habit seen in dogs with separation anxiety.
- Stress colitis: Dogs who experience prolonged stress from separation anxiety may even begin to suffer from colitis. Colitis is inflammation in the large bowel resulting in diarrhea.