Does my dog have separation anxiety? What are the signs?

Wondering if your dog has separation anxiety?

Your veterinarian can make the clinical diagnosis, but there are some indicators you can look for based on your dog’s behavior when they’re left alone.

What is it like to live with a dog who has separation anxiety?
  • You come home from work to discover your dog has injured herself trying to get out of her crate.
  • The new sofa is destroyed, and cushions / filling are strewn about the living room.
  • Your neighbor texts to let you know your dog barked and howled non-stop while you were out running errands. They will to report you to the landlord unless you do something about the noise.
  • The lower half of your front door and doorframe are chewed and scratched up.
  • Your house-trained dog begins having accidents when you leave your home.
  • In-home cameras show your dog whining and pacing nervously while you are away.


These are among some of the most common indicators a dog may have separation anxiety. Your dog is having a panic attack because they are scared to be alone. It’s a phobia – much like humans who experience a fear of heights, snakes, or spiders. Like any version of fear or anxiety, a dog has no control over it. Dogs who experience separation anxiety become extremely distressed when they’re alone and even when they anticipate being left alone.

How can we help?

An online consultation with a qualified separation anxiety trainer can help confirm it. During the appointment, we gather information about your dog, and do a live assessment while you leave your dog alone. We use Zoom or your home cameras to watch your dog after you leave. Much like putting together a puzzle, we look at all the pieces to determine what is going on, in cooperation with your veterinarian. If it is separation anxiety, we customize a training plan to help your dog learn to feel safe and relaxed when home alone. If it’s not separation anxiety, we suggest some other training options to help your dog.

The most important things to know is there is hope for dogs with separation anxiety, and I can help. Dog training for separation anxiety is my specialty – working with me you’ll get the benefit of my exclusive focus on those issues. Using gentle desensitization we’ll help your dog learn to feel safe and calm when home alone.

Contact us or fill out our questionnaire and we’ll schedule a free 30 minute discovery call to share more information.

Bob Ryder, CSAT, PMCT-4, CPDT-KA

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