Last Updated on December 4, 2022 by May Jones
It’s a question many dog owners ask, especially those with this breed of pup. After all, corgis are known for being loyal and loving companions.
So it stands to reason that they might experience some level of distress when left alone.
But what exactly is separation anxiety in dogs?
And do corgis really suffer from it?
You’ll learn about the symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs, as well as its causes and how you can help your furry friend if he or she suffers from this condition.
What Is Separation Anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a condition where an animal experiences extreme distress when separated from their owner or guardians.
It’s thought to be related to a dog’s natural pack instincts, and it can manifest in symptoms like whining, barking, pacing, or destructive behaviour.
If your corgi suffers from separation anxiety, behaviour modification training may help alleviate the problem – you can talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medication options as well.
Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Corgis
It’s normal for dogs to miss their owners when they leave, but some dogs experience separation anxiety more intensely than others.
If your corgi starts showing signs of distress whenever you leave them alone, it could be a sign that they suffer from separation anxiety.
Here are some common symptoms to look out for:
- Barking or howling excessively
- Chewing on furniture or other objects
- Pacing back and forth
- Being restless or agitated
- Having accidents indoors
If your corgi is exhibiting any of these behaviours, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian about possible treatment options. With the help of a professional, you can make sure that your furry friend stays happy and healthy even when you’re not around.
Causes of Separation Anxiety in Corgis
There are many possible causes of separation anxiety in corgis, but the most common cause is simply an anxious personality type.
Corgis who are prone to separation anxiety may become agitated when left alone, resulting in destructive behaviors like chewing and barking.
If you think your corgi may be suffering from separation anxiety, there are some things you can do to help ease their fears. First, try to create a relaxed environment before leaving them alone.
This means no big goodbyes or long hugs – just a calm “I’ll be back soon” and then an exit. Secondly, provide plenty of exercise prior to your departure so they’re physically tired out (a tired dog is a happy dog).
Finally, leave them with something that smells like you – a piece of clothing will do the trick!
How to Help a Corgi With Separation Anxiety
If your cute little corgi is anything like mine, they probably get a bit anxious when you leave them alone. It’s perfectly normal for dogs to experience some separation anxiety – after all, we’re part of their pack and they want to be with us!
Here are a few things you can do to help your corgi cope with separation anxiety:
1. Create a Safe Space for Them in Your Home.
This could be anywhere that makes them feel comfortable and has access to their favourite toys or blankets. Mine likes to curl up on his dog bed in the living room where he can see out the window and watch birds fly past.
2. Start Leaving the House for Short Periods of Time, Gradually Increasing the Amount of Time You’re Gone Until You Reach Your Desired Length of Absence (I Say ‘Desired’ Because No One Wants to Leave Their Pup at Home Longer Than Necessary!)
I usually start off by popping out for 1 minute or so, then increase it incrementally each day until I’m able to go about my business as usual without worrying about him being too stressed out.
3. Make Sure to Provide Plenty of Exercise and Mental Stimulation During the Day So They’re Tired When You Leave Them Alone.
By tiring them out before you go, they’ll be more likely to take a nap while you’re away instead of pacing around anxiously waiting for your return.
Following these simple tips should help your corgi feel less anxious when you have to leave them alone – and who knows, maybe they’ll even enjoy their solo time once they get used to it!