While no dogs want to see their owners go, it is only some dogs who can really suffer from the stress of seeing their people leave. Many dogs have a separation anxiety and can both harm themselves as well as damage the house.
Dogs can go as far as chewing up furniture, carpet, or drywall. They can damage their crates. Some dogs have even jumped through closed windows trying to get out. Dogs are pack animals, and it can be very difficult for them to be left alone.
There are several steps that you can take to help your dog get used to you leaving and getting over the separation anxiety. It will take time and the steps are going to be gradual. The first thing that you can do is to give your dog a treat and leave the room for a minute and close the door behind you. When you come back in the room, your dog may be excited to see you, but hopefully he will learn that he can survive without you.
Once your dog accepts you leaving the room, you can try leaving the home for a short period of time. Try to step out for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. The first dozen or so times you may find your dog will be thrilled to see you. But at some point your dog will learn that accept that your homecoming is a natural event and no need for such an exuberant celebration.
Remember to not baby your dog before you leave. Simply say see you later and be gone. This way your dog will learn that it is ok when you come and go.
If you find that your dog only has serious separation anxiety on certain occasions, or if you dog has anxiety for other reasons like storms of fireworks, you might want to try a product like Missing Your For Dogs by 4everPets. This is a natural product that helps your dogs deal with major changes in their lifestyle or routine. Missing You helps your dog’s emotional well being and at the same time protects your dog physically so that they will not do something that will hurt themselves in the time of stress.
Dog’s separation anxiety is a serious thing. Hopefully if you try the steps mentioned above you will be able to help your dog to deal with stressful situations in a healthy way.