Why does my dog ​​only eat when I'm home?


Identifying stress in dogs can be complicated! If you think your pet may be suffering from stress, It never hurts to take your dog to a veterinarian.

However, in Wakyma we want to tell you the symptoms that can indicate stress in dogs. But we not only stay there, and we also tell you the most common causes and the treatment that can be followed to help your pet.

Do not forget that stress can have serious consequences! It is essential that you give the treatment that works for your pet.

What is stress in dogs?

Stress is the response generated by the dog's body to a stimulus, can be anything! A dog, a noise, a smell ...

There are two types of stress:

  • Positive stress such as when our dog meets someone he knows.
    Negative stress such as when our dog meets someone he fears.
  • He negative stress in dogs, It generates a reaction! And it is that our pet can flee, or have any negative response (growl, bark, attack ...) It will depend on the situation and the dog itself.

If the stress situation is being generated because you have not socialized your pet correctly, consult with a dog trainer! He will give you the recommendations you need based on your case.

Canine stress, It is influenced by the adaptation to the environment, the needs of our pet, among other aspects. Looking at our own dog, we can see if it is comfortable or not.

Causes of stress in dogs

One of the most common causes of canine stress, is bad socialization from puppies! Teaching our pet to interact with other canine friends is essential! Otherwise, it could become a fearful dog, and it could even become an aggressive dog.

Other times, the fears and phobias of our pet, may have occurred after a bad experience! (If you have been bitten, you have lost ...)

On the other hand, not treating our pet as it deserves, it also generates stress! If you don't get enough of it, or you have it chained, if you can't relate to other dogs, it's going to generate stress!

Symptoms of stress in dogs

Surely you are giving your pet everything it needs! However, There are some behaviors that can be the key when it comes to realizing if our pet is happy or suffering stress.

Remember! If your dog is suffering from stress, he could end up having behavior problems!

Symptoms of stress in dogs:

  • The stereotypes: what is this? They are repetitive behaviors or movements, Without any objective!
  • The aggressiveness: if your pet suddenly has a aggressive outbreak, It could be stress!
  • Apathy: Although stress can usually be detected with aggressive stages, it can also occur in the form of apathy! Y…It's as serious as if it generated violent outbreaks!
  • He excess activity: eye! Excessive activity is not the same as a tireless dog. In this case it is when our dog is still very tired, You can not stop!
  • Use negative reinforcement or aggressiveness: remember:Never use negative reinforcement! It is a great risk! And also, generate stress to your pet!
  • Fear: it can be towards people, dogs, or ... Fear of everything! And if your dog has lived a negative experience that has made him a fearful dog, his own fear will generate stress!

There is a sign of stress that can give you the key and it is the… Excessive gasp! When there is excess activity.

But do not worry, if you have identified with something that we have written ... We will also give you the advice you need!

Remember! The tools of punishment, physical and / or verbal punishment, It is never recommended for any case! Say no to violence.

Stress treatment in dogs

Does your pet suffer stress? And also ... Do you have behavioral problems? In this case it will be essential to consult an ethologist and / or a canine trainer.

However, there are some tips you can follow if you want to reduce the stress of your dog:

  • Communicate with your dog properly.
  • Use positive reinforcement.
  • Boost your dog's confidence.
  • Avoid aggressiveness in any way!
  • Avoid scolding him.
  • Try to have a quiet space at home.
  • Do not force him to relate.
  • If you know something you don't like and stress, don't force it!
  • Give him a kong so he can play with him.
  • Take him for walks more often.

Remember to give one extra dose of love to your dog! Spend a little more time with him and walk between 60-90 minutes, Will significantly reduce your stress level!

In a few weeks, you could eliminate your pet's stress! However, if your dog suffers from chronic stress, or serious fears, he will need professional supervision and help! Do not hesitate, and consult a specialist!

Dogs have many disconcerting behaviors, and some are prettier than others. A less cute behavior, practiced by some dogs, is to refuse to eat when their owners are not at home. Like many dog ​​behaviors, the tendency not to eat when the owner is not at home is probably rooted in habit or habit.

Dogs have many disconcerting behaviors, and some are prettier than others. A less cute behavior, practiced by some dogs, is to refuse to eat when their owners are not at home. What makes a dog do this?

Like many dog ​​behaviors, the tendency not to eat when the owner is not at home is probably rooted in habit or habit.

Separation anxiety

If your dog refuses to eat unless its owner is present, separation anxiety may be the cause. Like people, some dogs do not feel like eating when they are anxious. Some dogs, especially those with traumatic pasts, can only feel safe enough to eat when there is a trusted human. Dogs are also social animals, which can mean they feel more comfortable when there are others (especially their owners) around.

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To understand if your dog has separation anxiety, think about the other behaviors they show when you are not present. Do they show other stress indicators, such as chewing household items, defecating or urinating indoors or vocalizing excessively? If so, you might be seeing a case of separation anxiety.

However, not all dogs that don't eat when you're gone have separation anxiety. It is only one possibility, so it is a good idea to consult with your veterinarian for advice.

As puppies, some dogs learn "how" to dine when their owner is in the room. This learned behavior is often incidental, not intentionally encouraged by the owner. Most people do not intend to teach their dogs to eat only when they are in the room, but simply stand by their side at mealtime. An owner can praise a confused puppy that finally discovers how to eat from his plate of food, accidentally creating a link in the dog's mind between eating and the presence of humans. (Although this can lead to some inconvenient situations along the way, you have to admit that it is quite nice).

How to help a dog with feeding problems.

The resolution to this problem will depend on the cause. If your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, positive reinforcement training and an increase in physical exercise may be helpful. Taking your dog for a vigorous walk before leaving home can help relieve the excess energy that the dog could have spent walking anxiously.

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Also, examine the dog's environment to see if something else can exacerbate your anxiety. If your dog is afraid to knock on the doors of your apartment building, consider leaving the television or radio on to soften the outside noise a bit. You can also leave one of your shirts in your dog's bed so that your smell can comfort them. (Awww!)

It is difficult to diagnose the root of the problem on your own, so consult a veterinarian before making major changes in your dog's life. The veterinarian will also help you decide what to do in the future.

Does your dog refuse to eat when you're not home?

Dogs are social animals

It is very important to note that dogs are social animals. In nature they would hunt and eat in a group, a natural behavior also shown by other canids such as hyenas or wolves.

Since they are puppies, there are many people who have sought to create such a close bond with their pet that even at the time of eating the dog has been involved. Could this be your case? Have you used your dog to eat with you, either in the dining room or in the kitchen? For him to eat without you It is not an option. He will choose any time to eat only while you are nearby. And even if you don't eat at the same time, he will enjoy your presence while he does.

In hostile territory

Many things can happen while you leave your dog at home: an alarm, the mailman's visit, a noisy construction and much more. While some dogs feel comfortable with the idea of ​​staying a few hours alone in a space, others are more sensitive, they have trouble relaxing in solitude and spend most of the time alarmed with each noise, however small.

They are not so affected by your absence, but they don't feel safe in that environment and therefore cannot properly protect your home. Remember that dogs are territorial animals, so this discomfort will be reflected in their lack of appetite. Your return home will make him feel more relaxed because he knows that you will protect him.

He doesn't like being without you

One of the most common problems in dogs is called separation anxiety. Basically, it means that your dog does not like being away from his best human friend, therefore he will not eat without your presence. In this case it is not the environment, it is the absence of the person. For them it is a physiological and at the same time psychological way of expressing their frustration.

Not all dogs that suffer from separation anxiety stop eating, however, it is a very common scenario for incompetence. Some dogs that go through this stage of separation can skip meals but continue eating, while others do not even approach the feed because they simply do not feel like it.

However, this is not the only behavior a dog assumes when he suffers separation anxiety. Analyze the whole picture: does your dog have other destructive behaviors when you leave home? as get dirty, break, bite and howl for a long time? If the answer is yes, your pet could perfectly fall into this category.

Then, it is best to consult with an ethologist, dog educator or trainer although you can also start a home rehabilitation. However you should not forget that, in the long term, it will become a serious problem, the ideal is to go to a professional.

How to help him eat in your absence?

Problem solving strategies will vary many according to the reasons that cause it. Keep in mind that, depending on the severity of the case, it could take from days to years for your dog to recover the desire to eat in your absence. The process will be progressive. Modifying these types of behavior is easy, but not impossible. From ExpertAnimal, we invite you to follow these simple steps, remember that the change starts from home:

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