Is Your Dog More Prone to Separation Anxiety?

Is Your Dog More Prone to Separation Anxiety?

Did you know that dogs experience stress and anxiety too? Yes they most certainly do! Just like us humans, prolonged stress and anxiety in your pet dogs is never a good thing. Chronic anxiety in dogs has been studied and it has been found out that dogs who lived almost everyday in fear were more susceptible to diseases and had decreased lifespans than their carefree counterparts. Environment and past experiences of the dog definitely plays a role on how these anxieties were formed but a recent study shows that some dog breeds are just more predisposed to suffering from anxiety. The most common case of anxiety in dogs as noticed was separation anxiety - where the dog suddenly becomes chaotic and misbehaves whenever the owner or any person is not around.

Did you know that dogs experience stress and anxiety too? Yes they most certainly do! Just like us humans, prolonged stress and anxiety in your pet dogs is never a good thing. Chronic anxiety in dogs has been studied and it has been found out that dogs who lived almost everyday in fear were more susceptible to diseases and had decreased lifespans than their carefree counterparts. Environment and past experiences of the dog definitely plays a role on how these anxieties were formed but a recent study shows that some dog breeds are just more predisposed to suffering from anxiety. The most common case of anxiety in dogs as noticed was separation anxiety - where the dog suddenly becomes chaotic and misbehaves whenever the owner or any person is not around.

Researchers have said that the dog's genetics plays a big role in whether the dog will become an anxious one. There are some genomic areas that are associated with troublesome behavior, like fear, compulsion, noise sensitivity and separation anxiety. Is your dog suffering from any of these? Find out below if its breed is what is causing it: 

 

10 Breeds More Prone to Separation Anxiety

 

sad-labrador-retriever

  1. Labrador Retriever 

This most popular companion dog in families is more prone to suffer from separation anxiety. This is because this breed is a very social one. They struggle the most when left alone especially for longer periods of time. 

Curious Border Collie

  1. Border Collie

The most intelligent dog breed, these dogs suffer from separation anxiety when they are left without any form of mental stimulation. They are also very physically active dogs which when left alone makes them very bored thus leading to problematic behavior. 

Sad Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

This breed is genetically more prone to suffer from anxiety. Combine that with them being bred to spend lots of time with their human owners, when left alone for long this breed is more susceptible to develop behavioral problems. 

Sad Jack Russell Terrier

  1. Jack Russell Terrier

This energetic breed needs lots of physical activity and entertainment or else they become extremely bored. If there is no human around to socialize with them, especially for a long time, this breed could develop very troublesome behaviors. For a small dog, the damage they can cause when bored or anxious is surprisingly huge. 

Sad German Shepherd

  1. German Shepherd

Bred to work, this breed needs lots of physical and mental stimulation. If these are not met, they quickly become distressed. Also, this breed is more prone to experience health problems which makes their temperament more prone to separation anxiety.

Staring Australian Shepherd

  1. Australian Shepherd

The breed is made to herd, they do best when they are active at work. They suffer from anxiety when they are left at home and there is nothing for them to do. They might try herding your household stuff around and that is not a pretty thing to go home to!

Sad Bichon Frise

  1. Bichon Frise

Same as the labrador, this breed was made to be a companion for us humans. They do best when they are around their owner's family. Otherwise, they become very lonely and become very distressed when separated from what they consider their social bond.

Vizsla looking ahead

  1. Vizsla

These are hunting dogs and were bred to accompany humans during hunting. They do poorly when left alone because they are very social dogs. They need physical activities with their owners and if not met, they become very stressed and anxious leading to behavioral problems.

Staring German Shorthaired Pointer

  1. German Shorthaired Pointer

Like the Vizsla, they were bred to become hunting companions. They quickly become bored and develop separation anxiety whenever there is no one around to do physical activities with. 

Sad toy poodle

  1. Toy Poodle

Despite having gentle temperament, this breed was made as well to become companion dogs. Because of that, they need love, time and nourishment from their family. When they don't get it, they can suffer from behavioral problems and separation anxiety.

 

Was your dog included in the list? Or was your dog not in the list but nevertheless is suffering from separation anxiety whenever you have to leave the house? If you do not want your dog to suffer and you want them to live happy and longer lives, that is what we at FreePetSitters are all about! If you have to leave and you have no one to tend to your beloved pets, just give us a call (762) 233-6687 or send us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will gladly take that burden off your shoulders so you can enjoy heading out somewhere for a vacation or a getaway stress-free! Here at FreePetSitters, we are dedicated to keeping your pet taken care of and loved with the only payment being that we get to stay(and tend to as well) in your lovely home. Our pet sitters are all experienced so you have nothing to worry about at all. If you want you and your dog to live longer and joyful lives, contact us now and be stress free!