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Does Your Dog Have Separation Anxiety?

How to tell if your pooch is sad when you're not there

By
Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
1-minute read

Does your dog get restless and whiny as you prepare to leave? Does she gnaw at doors and windowsills while you’re away? Will he not eat when alone? These are a few of the behaviors associated with genuine separation anxiety. If these behaviors describe your dog, get competent, in-person help; usually, separation issues are best treated by combining appropriate medication with behavioral techniques.

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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).