We all know what separation anxiety is, and that young child can struggle with this when they are going to preschool for the first time. However, did you know that your dog can also struggle with separation anxiety and that it can be worse at night?
Many dogs are struggling with nighttime separation anxiety. It is essential to make sure that you know what is causing it, and how you can treat it successfully. It is important to get it treated as soon as possible.
What is dog separation anxiety at night?
Dog separation anxiety at night is when your dog can’t sleep in your room anymore. And, the moment that he sees that it is bedtime, he is becoming a completely different dog. He is chasing his own tail, starting to shake or even start chewing things that he has never chewed up before. This is separation anxiety.
This typically happens when you allowed him to sleep in your room when he was a puppy. However, now he is big, and for a reason, he can’t sleep there anymore. He is getting anxious because he can smell and see you at night anymore. Now, he will do anything to be allowed back in your room again.
Signs that your dog might struggle with this
Now that you know what nighttime separation anxiety is and what is causing it, now you might be wondering how do you know that the dog has this problem. There are a couple of signs that you should look for, to see that he is struggling with separation anxiety.
- He is howling during the night.
- Chewing everything up in the room he is supposed to sleep
- Start shacking when he sees that you are on your way to bed
- Urinating everywhere in the home, even if he is house trained
- Scratching and hurting his own face
How to treat it successful?
Making sure that you are treating him properly is essential. You don’t want to let him back into your room again, because this isn’t going to make the problem go away.
The first thing that you can do is to put his own bed outside your room with some of your clothing inside his bed. Your smell will help him to feel close to you. Don’t give too much attention to the problem. Even if you are getting mad with him for keeping you up all night.
Play with him and make him tired before going to bed will also assist with the problem. He will be so tired that he will fall right to sleep. In his own bed, in the new room that he is allowed to sleep in.
Separation anxiety at night for dogs can be severe. They don’t really know how to handle it to be away from their owner. And, if they can’t sleep with you anymore, you might start to have problems with separation anxiety. The good news is that this is a problem that can be treated. You just need to be patient and give him all the love you can give him during the day, in the morning and before bedtime.