If you’re a pup parent, you’re probably familiar with the term “separation anxiety.” Perhaps you’ve even wondered if your pet suffers from the condition, in which dogs experience stress when separated from their guardians or left home alone.
Experts estimate that separation anxiety affects about 20 percent of dogs. Despite being common, the condition is serious—and seriously misunderstood. While many associate separation anxiety with extreme destruction and red-flag behavior, the truth is that the disorder can manifest in a number of ways. And even if your dog isn’t frantically chewing through the door, they could be experiencing severe stress when left alone.