Skip to content

FREE Insured Shipping and handling

Get in touch with us

My Two-Step Guide to Dog Separation Anxiety

My Two-Step Guide to Dog Separation Anxiety

Dog separation anxiety is one of the most common causes of separation anxiety in dogs. It’s a common reason why some people are hesitant to hand over their pet. It can also be a good sign that your dog is doing well on a walk or getting along well with other people. Whatever the case, it’s a common issue for most people. In this article, I’ll discuss some ways to reduce separation anxiety in your dog and how to keep your two-legged friend happy for as long as possible. You can learn more about why your dog might be nervous about going out or if separation anxiety is a sign that he’s getting along with people well.

What is separation anxiety?

When your dog leaves your side, you may be afraid he’ll bite you. Some people can have a hard time getting their dog to come back if they’re on the receiving end of that dog’s attacks. While it’s understandable that you’d want to protect yourself and your dog, it’s important to remember that separation anxiety is a common issue among owners. It’s normal for people to feel a bit nervous when they’re in their dog’s presence. It’s just that when your dog attacks someone or something else, you don’t usually feel the same way. You may even feel a little apprehensive when taking your dog for a walk. That’s normal, too.

What causes separation anxiety in dogs?

When your dog is away, it’s natural for him to feel lonely. This is normal, too, because most breeds socialize together naturally. It’s just that when he’s gone, you may feel lonely. Your dog may feel lonely because he has no one to associate with and he may be afraid that someone will attack him. Or he may be worried that he’ll be left behind because people are moving out.

Ways to reduce separation anxiety in your dog 

If your dog is too busy getting along with others in the neighborhood, or trying to make himself useful, he may not notice you driving off in a car. So, if he’s anxious when you get home and he doesn’t see you for a while, he may be spending some time worrying about you. Or he may be bored, and he may want to spend some time walking around your home. If he’s not having any of these thoughts, you can try talking to him. If he isn’t talking, you can try immersing yourself in a different activity.

Why is separation anxiety in dogs so common?

It’s easy to get separated when your dog is young. When he’s a little more than a year old, he may try to run off with another dog. Or he may wander off with another pet and try to avoid being caught. Then, when he’s about three years old, he may start to separate from the other dogs. And then, at about seven or eight years old, he may begin to walk away from the other dogs.

He may even try to run away from home with a third pet, although it’s difficult for him to do that alone.

If you have a three-year-old dog, you may notice that he’s starting to separate from you. And at some point, he’s going to begin to walk away from all the other pets.

Ways to reduce pet anxiety in your home

If your pet seems worried when you’re away, or if he’s nervous when you come home from a walk, there may be a few things you can do to reduce his anxiety. If your dog is showing any signs of separation anxiety, you can try teaching your pet not to bother you. When he’s done whining or snapping at you, you can put your pet away and take him for a walk. Or you can take him to the pound to be optimized. Keep in mind that aggressive animals don’t necessarily require a stressful environment to get them going. So, if your pet is becoming apprehensive when you arrive home from a walk, he may just be avoiding you.


The best thing for your dog is to get him to urinate in another room. Then, when he’s done pooing, you can leave your dog alone, and he can have a dry run before going out. If he’s still not ready to go outside, you can try some tricks, like stepping on his back as he goes outside or putting your hand in his mouth when he tries to enter the house, to get him going. And then, when he’s done urinating, you can take your pet for a walk and let him feel secure while you try to get him home.