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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

What Is It?

Separation anxiety is exactly what it sounds like. 

Your Chihuahua will become anxious when they are separated from you. 

Anxious dogs can cry and pant for long periods of time.  Some become so upset they can cause themselves to vomit.

The other common symptom of separation anxiety is destructive behaviour.  If your Chi chews your shoes, unrolls the toilet paper or scratches your couch when you aren’t home, then they probably have separation anxiety.

One of the reasons that these little dogs are so loved is the close bond that develops between Chis and their owners.  This can be incredibly rewarding for both parties, but when the attachment becomes too strong it is bad for both of you.

What Can You Do?

The answer is very simple:  keep your Chi with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  While this certainly would solve the problem it obviously isn’t a real solution.  Even the most devoted owner can’t spend every waking minute with their pet.  Besides it isn’t healthy for your Chi to be so dependent on you.

Some owners turn to daycare services for their pet.  There are businesses that will come to your home and walk your dog either individually or in a group to keep them busy and active.  This is very helpful but often anxious Chis will experience the same separation anxiety once the activity is over and they are once again left on their own.

Other businesses offer a drop off service.  You can take your Chi for a few hours or all day.  The daycare will look after your pet and oversee healthy play with other small dogs.  Your Chi might enjoy making some little doggy friends and having a playdate. 

Medical Solutions

If you can’t drop your Chi off or have someone pick them up, then you need to seek veterinary advice on how to deal with the issue.  There are many forms of medical intervention that can be done to try to calm your pet.

Over the counter remedies include Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP).  DAP appliances emit relaxing pheromones into your Chi’s environment to help calm anxiety.  Appliances that you plug into the wall like an air freshener are available as well as DAP collars that go everywhere your Chi goes.  If you have a large home collars are often the better option because plug in appliances don’t have a very large range of effectiveness.

Sedative type drugs can also be used to calm your Chi.  There are numerous types on the market and even some holistic drugs available through pet stores that have varying degrees of success.  You may need to try several options before you find the one that is right for your Chi so don’t get discouraged.  Acupuncture has also been reported to have a calming effect on high strung pooches so if you prefer a holistic approach this is something to look into.

If worst comes to worst your veterinarian can prescribe a full blown sedative.  This is a last resort in hardcore cases.  Your Chi should not spend its life drugged up and sleepy just to stay calm.

Behavioural Options

Don’t overlook the obvious benefit of getting an advice from an expert.  They can give you valuable Chihuahua training tips that will help.  You must be willing to put in the effort required to get the benefits.  A change in your attitude and actions may be needed in order to help your little one.

If your Chi is suffering from separation anxiety the most loving thing to do is look for a solution.  Many owners end up crating their Chi during the day while they are at work.  This certainly stops the destructive behaviour but it doesn’t make your Chi any less anxious.  Finding a real solution will take time and often a considerable effort but the end result will be worth it.

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