Separation anxiety in Boston Terriers isn’t fun for the dog or for their owner and can result in serious behavior issues. In fact, behaviors caused by separation anxiety are the second most common reason that dogs are put to sleep.
It’s not unusual or unhealthy that your Boston Terrier to wants to be near you when you are around, but if you Boston gets distressed every time you leave the house they may be suffering from separation anxiety.
What Are the Signs of Separation Anxiety?
How will you know if your Boston Terrier has separation anxiety? Before you leave the house, you may notice your Boston starting to get anxious. He may try to guard the door he knows you use to leave. He may follow you around from room to room or start to mope.
You may come home to trash or potty accidents on the floor, chewed furniture and other items within reach, or your Boston may have even chewed on his own foot or leg. Your neighbors might report barking, howling, or sounds of scratching.
You may also see signs that your dog has been excessively licking his paws in attempt to deal with the stress of being left alone.
What Causes Separation Anxiety?
A study in England found that there are four causes of distress in dogs. Trying to get away from something in the house and wanting to get to something outside of the house are two of them. External sounds can cause distress as can just general boredom.
Another study found 34% of Boston Terrier owners reported seeing separation anxiety in their dogs. If you’re unlucky enough to be in that group, there is help.
How to Help Your Boston Terrier with Separation Anxiety
Because your absence is what triggers your Boston Terrier’s separation anxiety, making the most of your time with her can help. Exercising before you leave will help to relieve anxiety. Take a 30-minute walk around the block.
Routines provide your Boston with dependability and helps manage expectations. Try to ensure that you do the same activities each time you leave. You may refill the water bowl, make sure she has her favorite toy, and leave a light on for her. She will learn that these behaviors mean that you will return home again.
Creating a safe place is particularly important. For Boston Terriers who readily accept a crate, this is easy. If your Boston doesn’t feel safe in a crate, you can try gating off a smaller area of the house. Because Boston Terriers like to burrow, providing a cozy bed area with a fluffy blanket can suffice.
Background noise in the form of music or the television can help to cover up the silence of your absence. It might be the sound of other voices that just helps them to feel less alone. White noise machines have even helped some Bostons.
If you think you’ve exhausted all of your options and your Boston Terrier just can’t cope with being away from you, medication can be an effective solution.
Benadryl is a good over-the-counter choice. CBD oil is increasingly used to treat anxiety and is becoming more readily available. Calming treats are also a good option for some dogs.
Before trying these methods, though, check with your veterinarian to make sure you’re choosing something safe for your dog. Your veterinarian may be able to prescribe medication for more serious cases as well.
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Dealing with separation anxiety can be just as frustrating for you as it is for your Boston Terrier. Remember to never punish them for this behavior as that further ingrains their negative feelings about you leaving and will only prolong the situation.
Be patient while figuring out what works for you and your best friend. When you do find what works, remember that consistency will be key in keeping your Boston Terrier feel safe and happy.