Signs to Watch for: How to Identify Separation Anxiety in Dogs


Dogs are social animals and love spending time with their humans. When left alone, they may experience fear and anxiety, leading to a condition known as separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in dogs can manifest itself in various ways, including destructive behavior.

Destructive Behavior:

One of the most common signs of separation anxiety is destructive behavior when left alone. Dogs may chew on furniture or dig holes in carpets to express their frustration.

Barking and Howling:

Barking and howling are also common signs of separation anxiety; this can be very frustrating for neighbors who have to endure constant barking while owners are away.

Pacing and Restlessness:

Some dogs that suffer from separation anxiety will pace back-and-forth repetitively or be restless around the house until their owner returns home.

Toileting Accidents Inside the Home:

If your dog has been potty trained but starts having accidents inside while you’re gone, it could be a sign of separation anxiety. This type of behavior is usually coupled with other symptoms such as pacing or whining excessively.


Separation Anxiety is real in dogs but fortunately there are many things owners can do to help them feel more comfortable being alone. Narrowing down behaviors could give you an idea if your furry friend might need some additional support such as training techniques, medication (prescribed by a veterinarian), or even hiring someone to walk/visit your dog during times you must leave them at home alone for extended periods of time.