Facts about Your Dog/Cat:
Did you know that some dog breeds are naturally energetic and high strung? Whereas other dog or cat breeds are known for developing separation anxiety or nervousness?
The breed of dog/cat you have and how they were trained will influence the effects of any calming aid, even a prescription form. Why is this?
High Energy: Well, dog breeds that were bred to be hunters, working dogs or protectors, are “wired” differently than say, a lap dog. Years ago, breeders did this thing called Selective Breeding, meaning that they only allowed the dogs that possessed the traits they wanted to reproduce.
For example: in the 16th century, the early settlers wanted an outstanding water dog that could hunt, swim, was easy to train, and gentle. Therefore, a breeder took all the traits of the Portuguese, Irish, and English working dogs to create the dog we know today as the Labrador Retriever.
A dog like the lab whose internal instinct is to hunt and chase is going to be more energetic than say, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, known as the favorite lapdog to the royals.
Separation Anxiety: When a dog or cat becomes extra nervous when you leave the home, this is called separation anxiety. This type of anxiety is a type of behavioral problem that is extremely common in small dogs.
In the canine training world, we like to term this “small dog syndrome,” simply because small dogs are held and babied to a point that they no longer believe they are a dog. Small and Toy breed dogs begin to believe that they should be everywhere you are, so when you leave him/her behind, he acts out by destroying the house.
Felines can also develop this nervous behavior, especially when they live with owners that work from home or spend most of their time indoors. Cats or dogs that have been abused, abandoned, and adopted from the shelter could develop a form of separation anxiety that is rooted from the fear of being left again.