When your pet has separation anxiety
If your dog has separation anxiety, this behaviour usually signifies a noticeably dependent relationship between you and your dog. Since your pet’s anxiety is related to separation from you, change the association with your departure cues so these activities no longer provoke anxiety. Put on your jacket, pick up keys or put on your shoes at random times throughout the day without leaving.
This approach will help your dog learn that these activities no longer signify departure. Don’t punish your pet for being anxious — it erodes confidence and can worsen your dog’s condition. Instead, focus on rewarding your pet’s desired behaviours.
If your dog’s separation anxiety continues, talk to your veterinarian about other options — including medications — to help learn calm behaviour.