• Feb 7, 2020

Separation alarm , or disturbing frustration (it also call "alarm of parting" ) – one of the most often meeting of problems of behavior at dogs. And, unfortunately, it is not really easy to correct it. Owners complain that the dog howls when one stays at home, barks, having remained alone, leaves pools and heaps, spoils things … Why there is a separation alarm at dogs and whether it is possible to help the pet to cope with this problem?

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What is separation alarm at dogs and how it is shown?

Disturbing frustration, or separation alarm at dogs – quite difficult disease. The dogs suffering from it practically cannot stay at home some, and it creates problems not only him, but also to owners (and also to neighbors).

Most often disturbing frustration can be diagnosed by three criteria:

  1. the Dog howls, sometimes whines and/or barks when one stays at home.
  2. Destructive behavior (damage of property).
  3. Untidiness (small groups and pools in the absence of owners).

To diagnose disturbing frustration for a dog, there have to be available at least two components.

It is important to owner to remember that the separation alarm is not "harm", but a disease who needs to be treated. Some owners feel so strong irritation in connection with similar behavior of a dog that break on her rage, however it only aggravates a problem. The dog cannot cope with alarm itself and cannot control this behavior.

Should not confuse disturbing frustration (separation alarm) with other problems, for example, unintentional training when owners, without realizing that, support howl dogs, or with boredom.

To understand for what reason the dog whines or howls, having remained one, it is worth installing the video camera. The concern of a dog, plentiful salivation, vomiting can indicate separation alarm in addition, diarrhea and/or self-damages sometimes meets (for example, the dog bites herself).

Why the separation alarm at a dog develops?

There are several hypotheses concerning the reasons of separation alarm at dogs:

  1. Violation of attachment. The dog with the unsafe type of attachment constantly on the alert also feels the insuperable need a shadow to go for the owner, very much is nervous, having remained one.
  2. Disturbing frustration – one of manifestations of a phobia. For example, the conducted researches show that a half of dogs with separation alarm suffers also from noise phobias (fear of loud sounds).
  3. Theory of a stress. Adherents of this theory consider that needs to treat a distress , and it is unimportant what its reason.

How to help a dog to cope with separation alarm and how to accustom a dog to stay at home one?

There are several ways to accustom a dog to stay at home one and to cope with alarm:

  1. First of all, the dog needs to create qualitative living conditions . The dog just cannot normally behave in abnormal conditions. If you do not provide to the pet five freedoms necessary for normal life, any correction of behavior is in advance doomed to a failure.
  2. Use protocols of relaxation to teach a dog to relax in the beginning in the quietest situation, then – in the presence of irritants.
  3. Gradually accustom a dog to remain one – in the beginning in the separate room with an open door, then – with the closed door, then – in the apartment. There are special exercises which help to accustom a dog to remain quietly one. You can address the consultant for problems of behavior of dogs who will help you to pick up suitable techniques.
  4. the Veterinarian can choose medicines which will help to cope with a problem for a dog. But do not self-medicate at all!
do not punish a dog At all! Punishments only strengthen alarm, so, aggravate a problem.

If the dog cannot stay at home one because of disturbing frustration, it is necessary to stock up with patience: the solution of this problem demands a lot of time. It is simpler to some owners to change living conditions of a dog so that she did not suffer alone: for example, to resort to services of "the dog nurse" (dogsitter) or to ask friends or relatives to look after a dog.

Remember that the separation alarm even if it seems that you coped with it, can come back – for example, at change of living conditions of a dog. However you should not despair – if you coped with a problem once, that is probability, as at a recurrence will manage to help the pet.

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