Some Anxiety Behaviors Are Learned
Separation anxiety in our pets seems to be a common concern of pet parents. I often work with animals that display behaviors of separation anxiety. Some of these behaviors are simulated, which means the behaviors have been learned over time. True separation anxiety causes a dog to experience real stress during the absence of their pet parent.
With simulated separation anxiety, your dog knows that bad behavior means more attention, even when the attention is negative. Reprimanding your dog for bad behavior provides the attention that your dog is looking for. Continue reading