Common Behavior Problems
Problem Behavior When Left Alone
It has become fashionable to attribute all home-alone problems
to separation anxiety. This is simply not the case. Dogs who are
bark too much, escape,
or relieve themselves in
the house when they are left alone can do so for a
number of different reasons.
Many dogs are simply bored, meaning they aren’t getting enough
exercise, playtime, potty breaks, mental stimulation or social contact
to meet their needs.
If separation anxiety is the problem, your dog will be virtually
panicked about being left alone. She will show her problem behavior
on a regular basis, every time she’s left, not just some of
the time as bored dogs tend to do.
The third most common reason for home alone problems is noise
phobias. If your dog is afraid of thunder, fireworks,
construction sounds or other loud, startling noises, she may react
by trying to get away from the sounds, resulting in destructive
behavior. She may also howl or bark, or become so anxious she can’t
control her bladder or bowels
You may be advised to crate your dog to control these home alone
problems. We do not recommend considering a crate until you have
a full understanding of why your dog is having problems when alone.
For more information about crating, purchase our video Crate
Training The Right Way.
If separation anxiety, a noise phobia, or some other type of fearful
behavior is involved, confining a dog in a crate can be dangerous.
Most dogs become more upset the more they are confined and can injure
themselves trying to get out of the crate.
Whatever the cause of home alone problems, we can help you make
daily absences easier for you and your dog. Schedule
a consultation with us.