Coming home after a long day only to be greeted by your dog is a great feeling. The excitement and wagging tail shows that they really did miss you. But, have you ever thought about how they feel while you’re gone? Often time’s dogs get very anxious when left alone. If you notice chewed furniture or urination that could mean your dog has separation anxiety. So what can you do to help?
Before you leave, especially if it is for an extended amount of time, take your dog on a long walk. Not only will it tire them out, it will give you time together. Your dog will not feel neglected— and who doesn’t love a nice walk. Once you finish, your dog will have less energy and be more likely to sleep while you’re gone.
Secondly, give your dog plenty of food before you leave. Fullness clams dogs and makes them feel less anxious. You can even leave enough out for the day or buy an automatic-filling bowl.
If you can tell your dog is anxious even before you leave (excessive panting or blatant nervousness) try to ignore it. I know we all want to cuddle our pups when we see this, but if we act like something is different, then they will know. Just go on like normal and don’t make it obvious you are leaving until you are actually turning the doorknob. If you are nervous, they will be too.
If you still feel that your dog is exceptionally anxious, you can ask your vet for anxiety medication. However, this is not just a quick fix. You do not want your dog to rely on these. With the medications help, you should be able to train your dog that separation is normal and eventually no longer need the medication.
The largest dog on record is Zorba (seen in photo). Weighing in at 8”3’ and 343 lbs.! Usually English Mastiff’s are only around 2.5 feet and 150-240 lbs.!