Many dogs experience puppy separation anxiety when they are first brought home. Separated from their parents, they quickly bond with their owners. So, when their human needs to leave the home for a while, it can be hard on the puppy. While all dogs are capable of experiencing puppy separation anxiety, Dachshunds are renowned for it. It may seem stressful at first. Many owners make the mistake of over-coddling their puppies when they experience anxiety. This can only reward unfavourable behaviour, making it harder to correct.
In this following blog, our team at DBBC will help you understand the signs of separation anxiety in your pet. We will then help you understand how to deal with it and how to correct it.
What are the signs of separation anxiety in puppies?
All dogs are different. So, separation anxiety in Dachshunds may be different from dog to dog. However, there are some separation anxiety signs that have been repeatedly recorded. These include:
● Chewing up items when you are away
● Searching for items that belong to you, like socks
● Pacing around
● Going to the toilet in the home (only if they have been trained not to do this)
Though these are the most common symptoms, there are many others. Some dogs may lose their appetite when you are gone. This means any food you left out for them may remain uneaten. Other dogs may become severely hyperactive when you are back. They may even become aggressive towards others who they may not have a bond with, such as friends or puppy sitters.
How can you overcome puppy separation anxiety?
Just as every dog is different, every puppy will overcome separation anxiety differently. Some puppies can be trained at home through puppy separation anxiety training. Others will need more support, such as a vet checkup or a puppy training school. Before you switch to these alternatives, you should try the below strategies.
Why are dachshunds prone to separation anxiety?
Dachshunds are pack animals. So, if they don’t have another companion in the home, they can fall victim to loneliness. Dachshunds also do everything as a team. So, when they are left to fend for themselves, this can cause confusion. This can quickly spiral into anxiety.
Dachshunds that were weened late or who have spent their time at a rescue may be more prone to anxiety. This is because they have had more time with other pack animals. But, in serious cases, it’s because they may have experienced some form of trauma in previous homes.
How long does my dog’s separation anxiety last?
Each dog will experience different anxiety symptoms. Setting up a video camera or monitoring them through security can help you see just how severe their anxiety is. You can use these videos when chatting with a vet or a dog professional. They will help you understand potential training that may need to take place to help your puppy overcome this.
You can also use this to monitor which methods best help your dog overcome anxiety. This may include playing with toys, eating or completing dog puzzles.
Don’t draw attention to your departure and return
We get it. You want to say a big goodbye and hello to your puppy. But, being overly excited to see them will get their heart rate pumping. This will make them more prone to falling into an anxiety attack once you leave. Rather than rushing around and making them all bouncy, you should try and make your departure calm. Get ready just as you would without a dachshund puppy in the house. Then, when you’re ready to leave, calmly say goodbye to them. Repeat the same when you get home. Doing this can help them remain calm, as your puppy won’t try to mimic a sudden change in your behaviour.
Don’t get mad if they make a mistake
As your puppy overcomes puppy separation anxiety, some days will be better than others. Some mornings, they may not be bothered at all. Other mornings, they may be more hyperactive. If you come home to a ripped cushion or some wee in the house, it’s your job to respond to this calmly.
The reason for this is that dogs only respond to scolding in the act. So, if you arrive at ripped furniture and your dachshund laying in bed, they will associate any scolding with bedtime. Though your pet may look guilty when you arrive home, this could be primarily out of the fear of being scolded. It’s important that you remember that puppies are still learning. So, they don’t always know what they’ve done wrong.
Tips for preventing puppy separation anxiety
Distractions are key to helping puppies with really bad separation anxiety. If your puppy is food-motivated, you can supply them with their favourite chew before you go. This will distract them until long after you have left, which can prevent prolonged anxiety.
You can also give your puppy their favourite toys to play with to keep them occupied when you’re not home. Rotating their toys each day will prevent them from getting bored, which can stop them from thinking about your absence.
We are here to help
If you need any help understanding your dog’s behaviour, our Dog Breeders Brisbane Club team is always here to help. Contact us today to find out more.
Shyne Cavalli is an accomplished writer, Dog Breeder, and Animal welfare advocate. License and breeding registration holders: SUPPLY #: BIN0002583563378 – DBBC: D8819 – AA: 93740. She has introduced the “SHM” her brand of puppies and nurtured and cared for them since 2015. To learn more, visit her website at www.dogbreedersbrisbane.com.au. Interested in joining a Dog Breeders Club? Go to: www.dbbc.com.au