Does Your Boston Terrier suffer from separation anxiety? Wow, my sweet little Boston sure did! Thankfully, we stopped that nasty behavior quickly!
Separation anxiety is a very stressful behavioral issue that effects a huge percentage Boston Terriers, possibly as high as 14%. It is one of the most misunderstood issues with people trying to treat it by approaching it from a human point of view and failing to see the cause.
The answer to how to stop separation anxiety with your Boston Terrier is simple.
Show your Boston Terrier that you are the pack leader.
Let me explain…
Recognizing that the following behaviors are symptoms is a start. They are as wide ranging as they are distressing for the dog, but by treating them you are not treating the cause of the problem. First ask yourself the question; does the behavior stop when you return? If so then I suggest that you’re being away is actually connected to the cause. Lets take a look at a few of the key symptoms.
Chewing –releases an endorphin similar to the one released when a human is chewing gum in an attempt to stay calm.
Barking, whining – this is a call for the owners to return to the pack, similar to if you were to call your children when you can’t find them
Escaping when you are not there – often very destructive, extreme and sometimes dangerous. Your dog is looking for you. So many people are told to try and exercise the problem out of their dog but it will not solve the problem
Digging, destruction – this is all connected to stressful and anxious behavior.
Self-mutilation – excessive, licking and chewing oneself. Excessive drooling is also a sign of stress. These are signs that are often mistaken for being medical conditions but are all stress related
Toileting – if your Boston Terrier is toilet trained but starts going toilet inside and you think that it is behavioral then it could well be. If it is only occurring when your dog is away from you then it is very likely connected to your dog having separation anxiety
While there are lots of places that you can find advice on how to treat all these symptoms there is only one way to treat the cause of the problem.
If you are serious about how to stop your Boston Terrier’s separation anxiety then you must become the pack leader.
Separation anxiety is a very straight forward problem that occurs when your Boston Terrier believes they are the pack leader and your are their puppy or member of their pack. In the wild dogs do not wander off out the den on their own and your dogs separation anxiety will continue until you return to him. Once you show your dog that you are the pack leader your dog will be fine with you coming and going as you please.
One of the best places to understand more about establishing yourself as the pack leader is the video based web site The Online Dog Trainer run by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan.
Understanding the real cause of your Boston Terrier’s separation anxiety is the first step, becoming the pack leader is the solution. This is how you do it.