Separation Anxiety And Leash Aggression: The Top 2 Dog Problems In America

Photo by Marc Khlar, Alfie Does your dog pace when you reach for the car keys, rip a few cushions while you're out, or jump all over you upon re-entry? How about your walks? Is it really your dog who takes you for a walk? Does he drag you along or launch into aggressive dramas when something passes by or approaches you? If you're embarrassed by your dog's unsettled and wild behavior, remember, you're not alone. Separation anxiety and leash aggression are the #1 and #2 problems of the 21st century (according to me). While housebreaking and jumping topped the list for a decade, they've taken a backseat. Why? Modern lifestyles have increased work and play outside of the home. Frequent comings and goings are distressing, signally isolation each time you leave. Busy schedules, children who stay after school for clubs, sports, and other activities, work commitments -- modern households hold little excitement anymore. What's a dog to do? Such long hours spent alone, often in silence, is not good for anybody, least of all a sociable dog. Latchkey canines slowly go insane if left to their devices. Distraught, they relieve their stress the only way they know how: pacing, chewing, and general agitation. All this activity often leads to pottying because realistically, how can a dog hold it when he's upset? When the dog's parent or family members do come back to see their house turned upside down, they get mad, thinking their dog misbehaved to spite them. Thoughts like these lead...
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