Babies tend to experience distress during the loss of an adult attachment figure, including a parent or guardian (ibia), sibling, or other caretaker (Pediatrics). It is normal for them to cry, whine, or even act out. It is when these signs become excessive or persistently that parents should take the issue into consideration.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Children often demonstrate signs of separation anxiety disorder because they fear being alone. Infants who suffer with separation anxiety experience unrealistic worry about being separated from their parents or siblings. They worry that they will be abandoned or that another child will come along and be “the one” who will take them away.
Dogs are another source of concern. Dogs are pack animals and they can feel the need to guard a place for which they have become attached. When a dog becomes overly anxious, it is time to consider where you may be placing your dog. Not all dogs are secure around babies, and some dogs can be destructive and disruptive when left alone in certain situations. There are dogs that have separation anxiety problems, and these are dogs that you want to avoid.
Consult Your Veterinarian
To be sure that your dog isn’t suffering from separation anxiety disorder, you should consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can run tests and obtain a diagnosis to see if your dog is exhibiting signs of this disorder. If your dog is diagnosed with this disorder, there are steps that you can take to help make your dog more comfortable when he is alone. In most cases, your veterinarian can give you several different options for how to reduce the destructive behavior and eliminate the excessive barking.
Excessive barking can be a symptom of this disorder. If your dog barks or howls when you are not home, you should consider changing the frequency of your walks or adding an extra collar and leash. This will prevent him from becoming too worried about his owner, thus eliminating the symptoms of anxiety and pacing. Patience and understanding are key when trying to correct this behavior. If you are consistent with reprimanding the behavior, he will soon understand that his behavior is interfering with you and other people.
Pacing can also be associated with separation anxiety. If your dog is pacing or seemingly circling around the house, you may be concerned about whether he is having anxiety or is simply enjoying his freedom. To correct this behavior, make sure that he is in a safe place when you are home. If he is on the floor or a chair, you should take him right back to his secure place. If he is on the ground, you should place him in his crate so that he feels secure.
These are just a few signs that can indicate that you have a problem. There are many other possible symptoms as well. Just keep in mind that if you have even one or more of these symptoms, you need to get help. It can be very upsetting to see your beloved pet pace around the house or circle around in circles. But keep in mind that it could be a sign of more serious problems that could lead to more serious conditions if left untreated.