Separation Anxiety in Greyhounds – Online Resources

Separation Anxiety in Greyhounds

A happy Greyhound with no separation anxiety

I’ve written a few posts about Separation Anxiety in Retired Greyhounds since this seems to be an issue prevalent in greyhounds that have spent their working lives surrounded by other hounds and find themselves alone in their new retirement home. Some cases are more extreme and in those cases I recommend more advanced help.

Do this sound familiar to you? You come home from work and find yourself staring at complete destruction and mayhem: holes in the couch, pillows and cushions destroyed, chewed furniture, torn carpet and more. Not only that, sometimes it gets even worse and you get a friendly notice from a neighbor, neighborhood association or even the police that your dog has been barking incessantly all day long, and we know how loud greyhounds can bark!
This can be very frustrating, especially considering how much you love your adopted greyhound.
What seems weird is that almost always, as soon as you arrive back home, there is hardly any barking and there seems to be no chewing or other destructives behavior while you are there.
A total transformation from when you were gone! Some greyhound parents didn’t even know their hound barked at all until they were informed of the behavior by somebody else.
This is acute separation anxiety…the good news is that this is a readily solvable problem with the right help and knowledge. Actually, separation anxiety in retired racing greyhounds is one of the most prevalent and straight forward behavioral issues to address and correct.
In this short post I am going to show greyhound parents why this behavior is occurring and point you to an online resource where you can easily tackle it, gently and quickly. The resource, for those of you who are desperate with your greyhound’s anxiety is called The Online Dog Trainer (Affiliate Link)
So, the big question is: why is my greyhound being so destructive and maybe even barking non-stop when I step out of the house?
Here’s an example that you may be able to relate to.
Picture this: You are a Mom or Dad with a two year old child. Your main job is to protect, look after and
nourish that little boy or girl.
Now, suppose the child slipped out of your front door and ended up outside the house and for some odd reason you were locked inside and totally unable to get out. How would you react? What would you do in this case?
Would you make some coffee, sit down and surf Facebook?
Probably not, well, most likely not. You would definitely be yelling and shouting and doing everything in your power to break out of the house. You’d probably be desperately trying all the doors and windows in the house, even kicking them!
Your adrenaline would be flowing and your energy levels would skyrocket. You would be highly stressed. This stress, brought on by the desperation of not being able to get your child, can be displayed in many different forms… shouting, fingernail biting, kicking and screaming, and over a long period of time, as excessive drinking and/or eating, gambling, and other harmful addictions. You wouldn’t be able to sit, calm down and relax for a second. This type of stress is the opposite of relaxation and contentment.
This is what is happening to your anxious greyhound.
The main reason for this anxiety and stress is simply that your adopted greyhound is confused about his role in his new home and environment, and often thinks that they have to assume the job of pack leaders in the home; they think that their new job is to keep watch on you, and to some extent, protect you.
This is one of the main reasons your dog gets so stressed out upon your departure from home. They are stuck inside the house very worried, restless and stressed since all his family members have left! They can’t comprehend that you will indeed return.
Think about this: You leave for your job 5 days a week for 8 or more hours at a time, leaving them at home alone, time after time. This continuous build up of stress, as with humans, will express itself as separation anxiety and will be displayed in many different ways.
Some greyhounds will continuously bark, some will become markedly hyperactive and will not be able to settle down, being destructive
or chewing anything they can get their paws and teeth on. The chewing is a defense mechanism and actually releases endorphins which can help calm your dog down; similarly as when we humans are stressed out and chew gum, fidget or smoke. Basically, they are stressed and unsettled which makes them wander the house all day long, getting into stuff… often not the kind of stuff that you want your greyhound messing with.
This destructive behavior is not because they are bored or because of a lack of exercise.
Separation Anxiety in Greyhounds
The process to solve these behavioral problems is actually quite simple and very straight forward and logical. Oh, and not expensive… Become the pack leader and your greyhound will rest calmly while he’s alone at home.
The best online resource to learn how achieve this is Doggy Dan’s video website where you can learn as you watch over 250 HD training videos of how to become the pack leader in the eyes of your hound. Dan’s method uses 5 strong principles that he terms “the 5 Golden Rules” to ensure that your greyhound learns and understands that you are the pack leader, and that YOU are free to come and go as you please. Your dog will then be calm, relaxed and won’t get stressed when you leave your home.
Dan’s methods are very kind and gentle as he understands how to work with the dog’s nature and along side them. Besides stopping the destructive behavior, another bonus for anyone who wants to stop barking when you are not at home is that becoming the Pack Leader will correct this as well.
Dan’s site also covers a number of other contributing factors to separation anxiety that you can look into. This will ensure that you
achieve the desired results that you are seeking.
So if you’re in desperate need of help with your greyhound’s anxiety and its unwanted behaviors and side effects, this is the perfect resource for you. There is no need for dramatic action, just some understanding of what’s going on in your greyhound’s mind. It’s a great solution that I have used with my greyhound, Fisher and I highly recommend! Click on the banner and enjoy Dan’s video website now: Greyhound Separation Anxiety Solution

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