Of course your dog always wants you around, and misses you when you leave the house for work or a night out; but for some dogs, this regular scenario becomes amplified into a fully symptomatic separation anxiety.
According to the United States Human Society:
It's important to realize...that the destruction and house soiling that often occur with separation anxiety are not the dog's attempt to punish or seek revenge on his owner for leaving him alone. In reality, they are actually part of a panic response.
This is why, they go on to say, punishing the dog or trying to train it out of him is usually ineffective. It's not a behavior needing negative reinforcement, so much as it is an actual panic condition in the dog. So, what can be done? The article on the Humane Society Page has some useful advice, but having been written in 2002, we'd like to think they'd now have included the Thundershirt, as a safe, drug-free, and inexpensive treatment for dog separation anxiety.
A few dog owners on our Facebook page have been asking about using Thundershirt as a Separation Anxiety treatment. We strongly recommend trying it and have many customers reporting terrific results. For some dogs, Thundershirt's calming effects may be enough to control the symptoms. For others, we recommend including Thundershirt as part of a training program.
My Yorkie, Rufus, would be so keyed up with separation anxiety that he would then suffer from serious diarrhea. After thorough vet examination found no medical issues, so my veterinarian suggested that this must be separation anxiety. We inherited him 8 months ago after the passing of a parent who was with him all the time. Anyway, I put the Thundershirt on him in the morning at 6 AM when I leave the house - and he rests peacefully with no panting, shaking, pacing or panicking. At noon when the dog walker comes, she removes it. She takes him for a walk and around 4pm when I come home, Rufus is a happy calm dog.
- M.M. Baltimore, MD
My vet recommended that we try Thundershirt for our Cocker Spaniel. He was having seizures everyday from separation anxiety and medications were not helping enough. Thundershirt has decreased his seizures considerably.
~AT, Rock Hill, SC
We'll be putting up a lot more information about using Thundershirt for Separation Anxiety soon, but for now, here's a link to our testimonials page. For more information about dog separation anxiety, here's an article on the Humane Society's site.
Does your dog suffer from Separation Anxiety? Have you tried the Thundershirt or other methods? Leave us a comment, and help other dog owners with this problem as well.