If your Border Collie normally knocks things over, jumps around the house, chews your things or barks nonstop every time he is left at home alone, he might be suffering from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety comes about when a dog gets scared, nervous and/or agitated every time they are alone.
Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety cannot be blamed for the damage they make while they were left alone. This is because they are afraid and under stress. The best way of relieving your Collie from some of the stress and fear is by giving him something to chew to keep his mind busy.
If you’re wondering why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety while others don’t, the answer is not as simple as you may think. Sometimes, separation anxiety can simply be caused by boredom or by something complicated such as trauma suffered when they were younger.
However, the bright side of this is that you don’t necessarily have to figure out what caused your dog’s separation anxiety. Instead, you will have to show him that whenever you leave, the world isn’t going to end. You can initiate this by simply taking a step at a time and letting your Collie become comfortable before you move to the next step. While doing this, make sure you don’t leave your Collie along for long periods of time, hoping that he’ll get over the separation anxiety.
It will be good if you only left the house for a few minutes at a go and ensure that every time you leave, your Collie sees you. Every time you return home, your Collie will begin feeling better about you leaving the house. You can slowly start increasing the amount of time you spend away from home as your Collie continues getting more comfortable …