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Which Small Dog Breeds Have Separation Anxiety? Solved

In today’s society, dogs are bred to be pack animals and some dog breeds have tendencies towards separation anxiety. This is something that can be detrimental to the health and well-being of your pet as well as the surrounding people.

It can cause separation anxiety in both the owner and the dog. A well-trained dog may be able to control the problem but for the most part, separation anxiety can become very difficult to deal with and lead to many health problems.

In order to understand more about the causes of separation anxiety in your dog, you need to first realize that this is a natural instinct that has to be carried out. Dogs, like all other animals, need to feel secure in order to survive.

When a dog feels threatened by another animal or situation, he will usually turn away from the source of fear. If the source of his threat is a person, he will either flee or attempt to get close enough to where it is safe to move on.

When a dog has an anxiety attack because he senses danger, it is not because he is afraid of the person and/or situation, it is because he senses that the situation might be harmful to himself.

Some breeds of dog suffer from separation anxiety more than others. The Maltese, Toy Poodle, Havanese, and the Chihuahua are just a few of the many dog breeds that suffer from this problem. These are all dogs that are highly intelligent, have great health, are good with children, are very easy to train and require little physical work. 

Which Small Dog Breeds Have Separation Anxiety?

Pug

Pug

Pugs are extremely friendly and lovable, but they have a difficult time when it comes to going away on a vacation or out to meet new friends. This is because their personalities do not fit in with other people.

When they are left alone at home, it can become very annoying and difficult for them.  You will need to make sure that your dog has plenty of activities to participate in when you’re gone so that he will be happy.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers and separation anxiety are a problem that many owners encounter. The Boston Terrier is the most popular dog in the United States. They love to be part of the family and can provide companionship, love, and joy to their owners.

But, if they are placed in an unfamiliar environment without being familiar with them, they may become very nervous and will begin to exhibit behavior like barking and whining.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

One of the most common problems that Chihuahuas have is separation anxiety. This is where your Chihuahua gets so worried about being alone that they will just do whatever it takes to make sure that they are not alone, even if it means doing things that they normally would not do in order to make sure that they are safe and secure.

Some of the behaviors that you want to watch out for include biting your feet, refusing to use the bathroom in its crate, and digging. They are also known to have other bad behavior like chewing your shoes.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

This Cocker Spaniel can be very stubborn, which can lead to separation anxiety if this is not managed properly. When a dog is separated from his or her owners, they feel uncomfortable with it because it makes them feel that they are being abandoned, and they will naturally be anxious and nervous.

 When you are trying to stop and cure this problem, there are several things that you can do which will include providing them with lots of love and affection, keeping them company at all times and having them stay near to you.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Separation anxiety is normal for your Bichon Frise, but it is important that you understand the reasons why it is occurring so that you can better deal with it in the future. Bichons are afraid of being left alone is because they are used to having to be in the company.

As a result of this type of early conditioning they are often frightened and have problems getting over it. It is also the result of an unnatural amount of human contact that your dog gets from birth. As a result of all of this, when they are separated from their owner they become uncomfortable and may even have panic attacks. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very good candidate for separation anxiety. These types of dogs tend to be very loyal. The dog should be treated like a member of the family, as they may get depressed if left alone too long.

Some of these dogs are just really happy animals, so if you leave them alone long enough, they might do something silly that causes the separation anxiety.

Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle

Toy Poodles are very social dogs that tend to suffer separation anxiety from many reasons. They will often bark when they get too far from their owner, and they are also very loyal, so it is hard to keep them in their home without being around a lot of people.

Often a dog will only suffer from separation anxiety when they are left alone and nobody comes to see them for a long period of time. When a dog is left alone for extended periods of time, they are more likely to become depressed or bored.

Havanese

Havanese

In order to properly care for your Havanese dog, you will need to take them for walks once or twice a day. They  need to spend at least five to six minutes outside each time you take them out. 

Take your dog to the park regularly so that they can socialize with other dogs. The more exposure they have to other dogs, the less likely they will be to develop separation anxiety.

Maltese

Maltese

Maltese suffer separation anxiety quite frequently and if this condition is left untreated it can become a very traumatic situation for them. Often the owners of Maltese have a difficult time understanding why their Maltese will become so distressed when they do not return from work for a long period of time.

They can be incredibly sensitive to the slightest little thing such as the sight of a strange man, the smell of an unfamiliar smell or even the sight of a familiar face.The main causes of separation anxiety are fear of being abandoned or the fear of being separated from his owners.

French Bulldog

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs suffer separation anxiety because they are used to being a part of the family. They have been adopted into the family when they were puppies and have never known anything else. They are accustomed to being in their own room, with their food, bedding, and toys.

These dogs need time away from home to recover from the experience. Because they know nothing else, their anxiety will continue to build until they are ready to go home.

You should take your new puppy or French Bulldog for a walk at least once a week. If your dog is alone for too long, it can cause separation anxiety in them. By making sure that your new puppy gets enough exercise, you will be giving him/her enough time to heal from this anxiety.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso dog breed is a very independent dog. This is not to say they don’t need the company of humans as much as other dogs do but in my experience Lhasas are very social animals. Their interaction with people, other dogs, and everything else they come in contact with is very important for them.

They need to be able to relax and be themselves in a new environment. And for this reason, they are a bit sensitive to the presence of others and can become fearful when this happens. This is the main reason why some Lhasas suffer separation anxiety in their homes.

Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Although Basset Hounds is known for their affectionate nature, they can also suffer from separation anxiety when they are separated from their owners. Many owners of this breed, especially in older dogs, find that they are particularly sensitive to the change in routine as they age.

Many times, if you leave your Basset for extended periods of time, you will notice that they become anxious and confused. If you try to do anything, it will only make them nervous.

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terriers are very social and eager to be with you when you bring them into the house because they love to interact with the people they know. However, they do require some special care in order to be able to make your home their own.

It is important that you understand the nature of this type of dog and what they are looking for in a relationship with you. They are also very intelligent dogs that will become quite independent if you are not paying close attention to them. So if you want your new pet to become a part of your family, it is important that you make sure that they receive proper care.

Dachshund

Dachshund

Separation Anxiety in Dachshunds is more common in females than males. The reason for this is that in dogs, the primary reason for the anxiety is fear of the unknown, of the environment or of others. It’s a form of human behavior, but only a small percentage of humans have it.

Separation anxiety in Dachshunds has to do with the owner’s lack of knowledge about the breed. A common sign of anxiety in the dog is whining, biting, digging, or pulling on clothes or toys. If you find your Dachshund in this behavior, then he probably has separation anxiety.

Beagle

Beagle

Dogs can be very sociable creatures and when it comes to getting along with other dogs, having a Beagle suffer separation anxiety will cause problems. As a Beagle owner, you will be concerned for the welfare of your pet and will want to do anything that you can to make them feel at home.

Beagles suffer separation anxiety and will often retreat into their own little world in order to avoid contact with other animals.Beagles also like to see other animals and if they are isolated they will become depressed and unhappy. When separation anxiety takes hold, it can affect the entire household as Beagles are very sensitive to other people and can develop depression over this.

How to Treat Separation Anxiety

  • The best treatment for dog separation anxiety is to get your dog used to the idea of having his own space.
  • Take him for walks every day and let him run free.
  • Make sure you have plenty of toys for him, because he’ll be bored if he’s always in the house.
  • If you have a lot of children at home, let your dog roam outside with you while you take a nap or talk to one another. You don’t need to keep him chained up in a corner, but just make sure you let him have some exercise.
  • No matter which dog breeds you decide to purchase, you need to make sure that you give your dog the attention it needs in order for it to stay happy and healthy. This means that you will need to spend time with it on a daily basis and make sure that you have some fun in the process.
  • No one likes to think about their dogs going through something so stressful, but it is important for you to know that your dog needs your love and attention as much as it does the other person.

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  • Karin S

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