Is it Separation Anxiety or something else?

Updated: Oct 5, 2021



Separation Anxiety is a general term often used to reference a variety of behaviors that occur when the dog is isolated. Because these behaviors have one thing in common, they occur during periods of absence, it is easy to assume that any dog that is displaying undesirable behavior while home alone could be experiencing anxiety. However, this is not always the case, and identifying the motivation underlying your pet’s behavior is the key to effective treatment.


Some of the behaviors commonly associated with separation include:

  • Vocalization (whining, barking, howling, etc.),

  • Pacing/Restlessness,

  • Scratching/Chewing/Otherwise Destructive,

  • Urination or Defecation,

  • Panting,

  • Drooling,

  • Trembling/Shaking,

  • & More

These behaviors can be a response not only to separation