Separation anxiety in dogs is a very real and very problematic issue. It is not a behavior that the dog uses to show his or her displeasure of the owner leaving, rather it is an unreasonable fear that the dog experiences when the owner is out of sight. In some cases of Dachshund separation anxiety, the behavior will occur even if the owner steps into another room and the dog realizes he or she is alone, in other cases it only occurs if the owner leaves the home.
The first thing to realize is that dogs that experience separation anxiety can no more correct their behavior than a person that is having a panic attack can just calm down. There can be different levels of Dachshund separation anxiety from whining and pacing through to trying to self-injury by through wire, crates, doors or walls to try to get out and find their owner. These dogs do not calm down over time, they continue with high-stress levels as long as their owner is absent. Sadly, some dogs with several attachment problems will not even calm down with another family member in the room, which can be very stressful for everyone.
Typical signs of mild to severe levels of separation anxiety in Dachshunds include:
- Constant barking, whining and howling when left alone
- Destruction of household property
- Refusing to eat or drink
- Aggression towards others
- Urinating and defecating in the home
- Vomiting, panting, salivation
- Self-injury in trying to chew or dig out
- Incredible displays of affection when the owner arrives home
Dachshund separation anxiety cannot be cured by providing more exercise, a companion pet or having someone else stop by during the day unless specific training programs are put in place. It also cannot be cured by punishing the dog as this will only lead to more stress and anxiety. Rather what needs to happen is for the dog to become less over-attached to the owner.
Key Training Points To Stop Dachshund Separation Anxiety
As with any type of stress, the key is to getting the dog to stay calm and understand that you, as the owner, will return. Ideally, start leaving puppies alone for short periods of time and gradually working to longer time blocks will prevent this from becoming an issue.
It is important to get into a routine. Routine provides predictability for the dog and he or she will learn that when you leave you to come back. Start this training very slowly. Often telling the dog stay then stepping out and closing the door and almost immediately opening it and returning is the first step. Don’t make a big fuss, just come back in and go about your business. Paying too much attention to the dog when returning or leaving makes the situation worse.
Do take your dog for a walk and provide toys and activities for when you are away. Having someone else work with your dog can also help the dog be less stressed about one attachment. If this other person can care for the dog when you are away it will break up the time the dog is alone until the situation is mastered. A companion dog can help but it is not always practical.
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Conclusion on Separation Anxiety In Dachshunds
Some Dachshund separation anxiety can be severely debilitating to the dog and the owner. Check with your breeder, vet and a professional trainer about options you may have. Some medications can be used in conjunction with behavioral training to get the process started but they are not recommended for long term use.