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    Pauline Gaerlan

    Doc, I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing. Odie doesn’t show any signs of panic when I leave. When I get home though, he usually just sits with a wagging tail, perhaps anticipating that I would greet him. But I tend to shower first because I don’t want to pass any outside dirt. It’s when I shower that he does a cry/howl as if I abandoned him, but stops when I open the door and knows that I’m about to approach his crate. Should I wait for a lull as well before letting him see and hear that I’m coming?

    I also admit to having separation anxiety whenever I’m out without him. I’m still learning to get over it 😐

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      Marose Magpily, DVM

      If you can wait for a lull, that would be best. After your shower, and once you open the door to where his crate is, if he was howling right before you entered – take another few seconds or minutes to busy yourself with something else, just to make sure you don’t inadvertently reward the behavior with attention. You could also step in and out of the room a couple of times.

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    Dr. Anna

    Great article and great suggestions. I think we as veterinarians are either more aware of separation anxiety or we see more separation anxiety than 10 years ago. I think it’s probably the later.

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      Marose Magpily, DVM

      Thanks for your comment, Doc Anna!

      One thing I failed to emphasize in the article is that there is a difference between true separation anxiety and a puppy or dog becoming destructive just because he is bored. So we just have to be careful about correctly identifying destructive behaviors as being a manifestation of separation anxiety.

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