|Social dog boarding in the country for city dogs.|
|Glencadia Dog Farm Shares Insight on Pet Separation Anxiety |
|Tue, 13 Aug 2013|
July 18, 2013 8:18 am |Posted In: Animals | Written by: Jacob Hammer+
petanxietyGlencadia Dog Camp offers spacious facilities for pets to roam and frolic while their parents are away, supplying animals with more than 15 acres of land. The boarding facilities operate based on the notion that “When you go on vacation, so does your dog.” The staff values safety above all else, along with comfort. Depending on the dog’s temperament, Glencadia allows multiple playtimes for pets to mingle in a large space, offering smaller yards for dogs that prefer more low-key interactions.
Because dogs vary in personality and behavioral conditions, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable on various behaviors and how to accommodate every pet, whether he or she demonstrates social anxiety, separation anxiety or OCD behavior. Not only do they aim to provide ideal sleeping accommodations that are much more safe and comfortable than the cold cages at other kennels, Glencadia Dog Camp works with pets by addressing their unique needs. The dog camp celebrates a recent article in FMT News that outlines how to determine whether a dog has separation anxiety.
Unfortunately, animals regularly experience similar disorders, anxiety and health conditions that humans do. Dogs can display OCD behavior or depression. One common behavior found in dogs of all ages is separation anxiety, a condition that can leave undesired behavior and other associated issues. Animal behaviorists are still unsure as to the cause or trigger of separation anxiety, but according to the article, there are a few “conditions” that seem to incite the unwanted behavior.
The dog lovers at Glencadia Dog Camp weigh in on the diagnosis. “Separation anxiety is something we have to look out for often, as it dramatically surfaces when parents drop off their beloved pets,” said a representative. “There isn’t always a quick-fix solution, but acknowledging which dogs struggle with this particular condition is enlightening to the staff. We can then care for and approach the dog in a sensitive, unique way.”
The article points out that a change in routine can trigger separation anxiety: “Dogs are creatures of habit. If you spend most evenings at home then decide to go out for drinks one night, your dog may get confused and ‘act out’ his displeasure.” Just as a change in routine can incite this behavior so can a change in environment. “If you move to a new neighborhood or if you bring home a new furry roommate, your pup might not know how to handle the change in environment,” said a staff member at Glencadia Dog Camp. “Any change to an animal’s environment – minor or severe – has been known to trigger separation anxiety.”
The report mentions that traumatic episodes are associated with the health condition: “If your dog experienced a frightening event while on his own in the house – say a window was smashed or a great thunderstorm struck – he may associate your absence with that terrifying event and become stressed.” According to the experts at Glencadia Dog Camp, some dogs are simply more attached to their owners, causing them to feel totally insecure and anxious upon their absence. “Some dogs just want to get your attention. The pup is even willing to accept a scolding for undesired behavior, because in his mind, he got what he wanted,” said a staff member.
Glencadia Dog Camp Shares on How to Deal With the Condition
While there is no quick way to defuse separation anxiety, it is important to recognize the issue, so pet owners do not unknowingly encourage the problem further. The article notes, “The good thing is, there are ways to resolve it.” Because dogs are intuitive creatures, dog experts believe they can pick up on guilt.
The article states, “Many people feel bad about leaving their dogs alone. This distresses him and he acts out his sadness and confusion in destructive ways. Same too when you return home and make a big show of affection at being reunited with your darling. This reinforces the ‘reward’ of your company and so your dog truly believes that he can only be happy when you are with him.”
With this specific problem, Glencadia Dog Camp recommends practicing a sense of calm when around the dog. “Confidently leave the house when it is time to go, and don’t let yourself feel guilty or make eye contact with your pouch,” said a representative of the camp. “Act normal and don’t make a big fuss about leaving – turning it into an ordeal – rather, lay your keys down and go about your business. Don’t immediately touch or talk to your dog when you return. This practice will teach your dog that he or she does not have to panic every time you leave. It also shows the pet that he or she is not the center of your universe, addressing other issues like jumping and other excited behavior when you first walk in.”
When a dog is the center of the universe, the article notes, “You’re always calling his name, including him in activities and showering your affection on him every chance you get. This creates a somewhat unhealthy sense of security for him in that he begins to feel he cannot function as a dog without you by his side.”
The team at Glencadia Dog Camp adds, “You have to understand that your dog is a dog. Interactive play is great and helps the two of you bond, but your dog should also have the ability to entertain himself or sleep by himself in the other room without your outpouring of love.” The group recommends giving dogs plenty of chew toys to occupy themselves and teach them to own their independence. Above all else, the pros at Glencadia Dog Camp believe that regular exercise and sufficient mental and physical stimulation will fight against general boredom that causes dogs to destroy whatever is in their path when left to their own devices.
Glencadia Dog Camp extends luxurious boarding services – tending to the active and social needs of every pet. The dogs are able to enjoy their own vacation, playing on 15 acres of land and sleeping in barns with heat or air conditioning. The owners can choose from a number of sleeping arrangements to make their pets feel at home. All of the animals receive ample care and affection during their stay, along with personalized attention.
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