Types of separation anxiety in dogs
The onset of separation anxiety in dogs can be caused by a number of factors, such as changes of routine, relocation, travelling, a stressful event, or death of a family member.
Regardless of the reason, types of separation anxiety in dogs include:
Panic, or real separation anxiety: when a dog experiences serious stress and physical discomfort after the owner has left the house.
Learned separation anxiety: when a dog has learned to manipulate their owner and believes they themselves are the leader. Here, your intention to leave is considered to be an undesirable behavior, from the dog's point of view.
Separation anxiety due to lack of confidence and self-direction: when a dog is completely dependent on the owner to make all the decisions for them, so that when left alone, they are unsure what to do.
Which of the above types of separation anxiety does your dog have? Complete this quiz to find out.
Not sure if your dog has separation anxiety? Read the article: Dog separation anxiety: symptoms and diagnosis.