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Boston Terrier Jo Jo and Separation Anxiety

jo jo Boston Terrier Jo Jo and Separation Anxiety


JoJo Is nearly 6 months old.

I started training with him a few weeks ago.

He is very cute but had a problem: he started to develop separation anxiety towards his Mom.

When Mom left him for first time, he was whining, jumping on the entrance gate for a while before starting to play with other dogs – even though I asked her to keep her departures and arrivals low key and not make JoJo over exited.

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JoJo with a friend

After each visit for training Jo Jo is starting to show less and less separation anxiety and is making good progress in obedience training.

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JoJo with Mom

The Boston Terrier is a lively and highly intelligent breed.

Boston Terriers are typically small, compactly built, well proportioned dogs with erect ears, short tails, and a short muzzle.  They are characteristically marked with white in proportion to black, brindle, seal, or a combination of the three.

Boston Terriers can range in temperaments from those that are eager to please their master to those that are more stubborn. They can be easily trained. If properly socialized, they get along well with children as well as other canine and non- canine pets.

Separation anxiety is a condition in which the dog experiences excessive anxiety regarding separation from people they have a strong emotional attachment –  like their owner.

From day one, it is important for your new dog to learn that he cannot be with you all the time.

Dogs will often follow their owners from room to room, not wanting to be out of sight in case they should be left behind. In the wild, they may sense to stay with other members of their group when life is dangerous – as you have more chance of survival.

A dog with separation anxiety will display the destructive behavior each and every time he is separated from his owner – even if the owner is in another room of the house with the door closed!

The dog will display the behavior such as:

  • Panic – showing all the usual symptoms of fear, such as an increased heart rate, dilated pupils, rapid panting and increased activity.
  • Vocalization – barking, howling and whining
  • Self mutilation – excessive licking or chewing
  • Attempts to escape

Treatment is:

a)      To gradually desensitize the dog to being left alone,  the owner should start by leaving the dog for only short periods, then gradually build up to longer and longer intervals.

b)      Obedience training can help a lot towards building a dog’s confidence. The Stay command is  a particularly helpful command to teach.

c)       Anti-anxiety medication may also help speed up the process of getting the dog used to being alone. Contact your vet to learn about medication but the problem must be managed behaviorally.

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