A dog that has never had a prior problem may develop separation anxiety whenthere is a change in the owner's work schedule.
A dog that is getting quite old.
It could be the result of changes
in the family’s routine or structure
, such as:
A child leaving for boarding school or college;
A change in work schedules;
The household has moved to a new home; or
A new pet or person comes into the home.
Dogs that have been abandoned at key points in their psychologicaldevelopment.
Time spent at the veterinary clinic.Experts also agree that separation anxiety is a panic reaction, and definitely not anattempt by the dog to "spite" their ownersIt is important to realize, that the destruction and house soiling that often occurs withseparation anxiety is
not the dog’s attempt to punish or seek revenge on
its owner forbeing left alone, but rather is actually part of a panic response.One has to understand that dogs are pack animals. It is natural that they would wish tobe with people all the time. Most adult dogs (12-16 months and older depending onbreed) can be left alone for 8 hours or even longer if they have access to a yard forelimination. They may be unhappy, or they could be bored but they don't create majordestructive problems for their owners.A dog with separation anxiety is different.