The Havanese Dog and Separation Anxiety: Veterinarian Answers

Dog owner question

"Hi! Our little Havanese dog, named Bella, is a real source of joy for our family. However, due to my work commitments, I often have to leave her home alone and when I get home, my dog is extremely restless.

She breaks furniture, barks constantly and seems to be very nervous all day. How can I help him with separation anxiety?"

Veterinarian's answer

"Hi! Havanese puppies are notorious for being extremely affectionate with their owners, and this sometimes manifests itself in separation anxiety.

I appreciate that you recognize Bella's problem and want to help her!

Your first priority is to try to learn as much as you can about separation anxiety. This condition can be very serious and often has long-term negative effects on the dog, both physically and emotionally.

The key to dealing with separation anxiety is patience and consistency.

One method is desensitisation, which means getting Bella used to being away from you, leaving her alone for short periods at first and then gradually increasing the amount of time she is alone.

Try not to leave her alone for too long, and when you leave, try not to make a big fuss!

The other method is employment.

Try to find toys that will keep Bella occupied while you are away. Mentally stimulating toys, such as mind-blowing dog toys, are great for keeping the dog occupied and help reduce anxiety.

A third method is behavioural therapy, which may be necessary in more serious cases.

A behavioural therapist can help with separation anxiety as they can teach Bella that being alone is not a bad thing.

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If these methods don't work, there are also medicines that can help with separation anxiety.

Always consult your vet before going down this route. Never give your dog medication without a professional's advice!

Remember, the most important thing is that Bella feels cared for and loved.

As difficult as this situation may be, always be patient and helpful with her. She will thank you!

I hope this reply is helpful to you. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask!"