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Below are 5 signs you have pet-parent separation anxiety:
- Pre-separation: It's happened to the best of us. You're on the computer, making preparations for a mandatory work trip. All of a sudden you realize puppy can't go with you. The next thing you know you're sobbing and breathing into a paper bag. Alright, maybe it's not quite that dramatic, but you did tear up a little. If the mere thought of leaving your baby with a pet-sitter for a few days causes a lump in your throat, you're at risk of separation anxiety.
- If puppy can't go I'm not going: Did you choose your last hand-bag with the sole purpose of sneaking your baby into stores that are less than pet-friendly? If you've been asked on more than one occasion why your purse is barking, you definitely have an issue with separation.
- Dog park drama: Do you avoid off-leash parks because you fear puppy-face venturing off too far? If you're ready to ignite a full on Amber alert because your princess wasn't within arms reach for more than thirty seconds, it's definitely time admit you have a problem.
- Another picture?: "I just have to show you the picture I took of my puppy sleeping last night. Oh, and here's one of him walking, and that's him getting a drink from his new bowl." Are you guilty of not having enough memory in your phone because it's full of pictures of your pet simply existing? There's no argument that your baby is beyond adorable, but it probably takes a few chains and a pack of wild horses to pull you away from him.
- He likes you better: Does that sound like something you've said before? Do you feel like your dog doesn't love you when he jumps in someone else's lap? If you're prepared to end a five-year relationship because your fur-baby gives all your attention away, you might have a the slightest problem.
If you relate to most or all of these signs, you definitely
experience anxiety about leaving your pet. When you stress, your
dog stresses. We all wish we never had to leave our babies, but
sometimes it's necessary - for the well being of your pet as
well as for you. Easing separation anxiety is challenging, but
not impossible. Taking baby-steps toward stress free separation
is good for you and your pet. Start with a few minutes and then
work up to being apart a few hours at a time. After all, as the
saying goes, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder,' and those
welcome back kisses and joyful greetings are a pleasure not to
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