Be #DogKind

Developed by dog behaviour experts and based on new research, our #DogKind campaign helps you better understand your dog's behaviour. Discover how to make your dog the happiest pooch on the block...

Dotty home alone © RSPCA

You love your dog and would do anything to make them happy. To your dog, you're the centre of their world and when you're away from them, they can find it incredibly difficult.

Many dogs simply don't know how to cope when their owner isn't at home. This is called separation related behaviour (or separation anxiety). Some dogs will bark or destroy things to show their feelings. While, others will simply sit there quietly, feeling worried.

Research suggests that 8 out of 10 dogs find it hard to cope when left alone, and worryingly half of these won't show any signs, which means you may not always know if there's a problem.

Is my dog struggling with being left alone?

There are several reasons that dogs find it difficult to cope when left alone. Some dogs will simply be looking for things to entertain themselves, while many will be very distressed when separated from their owner.  This can lead to feelings of anxiety.

Separation anxiety can be displayed in many ways, but as it usually only occurs when the owner is out and stops when they return, it often goes unnoticed. Especially when your dog may seem completely happy when you next see them.

If you feel unsure about whether your dog is experiencing separation related behaviour, don't worry - you're not alone!

Separation anxiety: signs and symptoms

What should I do if my dog is struggling to be left alone?

If your dog is of one the 8 out of 10 dogs suffering from separation related behaviour, they're likely to be feeling distressed.

Thankfully, there are ways you can help your dog feel calmer and more relaxed (and prevent them from becoming distressed) when they're alone. From leaving a 'special' toy, to using a dog sitting service there are steps you can take to tackle separation related behaviour today.

Treating separation anxiety

How can I teach my puppy or dog that it's ok to be left alone?

Dogs who haven't been trained to cope with being alone can find it incredibly hard when their owner isn't there. Learning to be left alone is an essential part of any puppy or dog's training, and is the best way to prevent your dog from experiencing anxiety, stress or boredom in your absence.

Teaching your dog how to cope on their own

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