Reconcile Helps Treat Canine Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a behavior condition that causes dogs to feel anxiety and express problematic behaviors when left alone. It can not only be frustrating to owners but also potentially dangerous for dogs. When dogs are anxious and nervous about being separated from owners, they can act out in ways that can cause physical harm to themselves and their surroundings. Treatment of canine anxiety and phobias can be very complicated and is not a quick-fix. Depending on the severity of the condition, a combination of training methods and medication may be used. Recognizing that your dog has anxiety or fear issues is the first step.

What are the Signs of a Dog with Separation Anxiety?

  • Excessive drooling
  • Urinating and/or defecating inside the house
  • Barking, Howling, or Whining
  • Scratching at the door, wall, or floor
  • Pacing
  • Escaping
  • Destructive chewing and digging behaviors
  • Coprophagia

What Causes Separation Anxiety?

Change of Schedule: Similar to humans, dogs are creatures of habit. When that routine and habit cycle is changed abruptly it can cause unease and distress. When or how long a dog is left alone can trigger separation anxiety.

Moving: Moving into a new house, apartment or residence is a common trigger of separation anxiety due to the unfamiliar surroundings.

Change of Family: If your dog comes from a shelter or a previous home, suddenly entering into your family can trigger the development of separation anxiety. This may also be triggered by the sudden absence of a current household member such as moving away, long military deployment or trips, or death.

Mild to moderate cases of separation anxiety may be treated with counterconditioning or desensitization training programs. These techniques often use a wide combination of toys, foods, crate training, short trips away, positive reinforcements, or verbal cues. These training methods take time and patience and may require the assistance of trainer or animal behaviorist to achieve the best results. More severe cases may require medication to effectively treat. It is best to talk to your dog’s veterinarian for the best combination of training and medication.

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Reconcile, fluoxetine, is a prescription serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication. This chewable tablet works by affecting serotonin levels in the brain that may be unbalanced in dogs with certain behavior and cognitive disorders. Reconcile is prescribed to treat separation anxiety, and help relieve behavioral symptoms when used with training.

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? Have you used any training methods to help? Leave us a comment below!

3 thoughts on “Reconcile Helps Treat Canine Separation Anxiety

  1. my dog Lilly has separation anxiety. I didn’t realize how bad it was when I went to get her. In fact I don’t think I was aware of it until I got there. She cannot stand for me to be away from her. I put her in a crate when I have to go out. She bent the rungs on a small crate so I have a large crate. She also tore up her bed one time and towels she chews up. Now I don’t put anything in there. She doesn’t eat the treats that I put in there also. It is very upsetting to me and I have stopped going out with my friends. She is sweet but has a mind of her own. I have spoiled her when she stopped eating her dog food by adding what ever I have to the food. Now she won’t eat it at all with out extra things on it. Even if it is just creamed veggies like cauliflower. Im a mess and so is she. I take her for a morning walk down by the head boats. The one boat now gives her bacon bits every morning that we go there. Another Person started buying her tiny treats because she didn’t like the big bones. She is about 11 1/2 pounds. and is a poodle mix. Since I live a lone, and am old, I do enjoy how much the fishermen like her and treat her like their own. It does interfere with her breakfast though. Writing this I can see all the wrong things I do, but I would really like to be able to go out to play mahjong with out feeling guilty. On days that I go to visit my friends I put her in daycare from 9:30 to 4 or 5. I planned to take her to a dog lady who studied under Ceasar. Unfortunately I had to cancel because of family coming from North Carolina unexpectedly.

  2. I also walk her around noon time if it is not real hot or later when its cooler. I then walk her about three blocks down the road and then down to the bay and back up to our street and then home. plus take her out before our bedtime. She is great with my granddogs but likes to be the ruler in her own way. she always gets good reports from daycare., but doesn’t eat their treats they give her either on the way home or even the next day.

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