It's a very commonly reported behavioural problem in dogs, and it may worsen if left untreated.
It is a distressing situation for a dog owner, and barking may result in neighbour complaints with possible legal troubles. It is also a major reason for dog relinquishment, making it a welfare concern. For this reason, it's important to make the best efforts to prevent it from developing, or when the problem has already arisen, to address it with the help of a professional.
Separation distress is a behavioural response a dog shows when they are unable to cope with being home alone. Common signs include:
While some dogs show the profound symptoms listed above, others may show subtler signs of distress:
Adaptil diffusers have been shown to calm dogs in distress situations, alongside instructions to the owners provided by a veterinarian (called a "behavioural modification plan")
Use either an Adaptil diffuser and/or an Adaptil collar to help your dog relax
Make an appointment with your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviourist for a more detailed behavioural modification plan
Be aware this condition can take a while to resolve (up to 3 to 6 months, depending on the severity). For the best improvement, everyone in the family needs to be prepared to stick to the plan
Studies on Adaptil have shown that utilizing a collar or diffuser when first bringing a puppy into a new home can help them settle faster with less distress
Studies have also shown that Adaptil can be useful when bringing home a dog from a rescue center or shelter
If your dog reacts to storms or fireworks, Adaptil is known to help calm dogs. Utilizing it during these times, even if your dog has mild reactions may help them to stay home alone during these episodes
The above video provides advice on how to make your dog cope home alone.