What is Separation Anxiety and tips on how to manage it

Aisling Carroll MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE TLHE (Dist.), FHEA & Sienna Taylor MSc, BSc (Hons), FdSc; FHEA What is Separation Anxiety (SA)? Separation anxiety (SA) is a term used to describe an anxiety related disorder in dogs, where signs of distress are observed when an owner is absent or perceived as absent (Sherman and Mills, 2008). It is one of the most common behavioural disorders in dogs (Tiira, Sulkama & Lohi, 2016). Within the United Kingdom (UK), there are an estimated 8 million dogs in households and approximately 5 million of these dogs are left at home alone for a...

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