HELPING YOUR DOG LEARN TO COPE WITH BEING LEFT ALONE Separation anxiety and attachment problems are behaviours that may affect dogs from any walk of life. Some may end up in rehoming shelters because owners cannot deal with a destructive dog, so it is essential to help your dog learn to cope with being alone from an early age or as soon as you get him. Why is my dog destructive or noisy? Dogs are ‘pro-social’ animals. They are born into a group of dogs and prefer to live with their attachment figure, which was their mother as a puppy but is now probably you. They are extremely sociable animals and have a social system similar to ours. So its hardly surprising that they can panic when left alone. Being ‘home alone’ for most dogs is a very unnatural and sometimes scary experience. Dogs need our time and company to feel safe and secure. Please note that no adult dog should be left for longer than 4 hours at a time on a regular basis – or even the most confident and happy dogs may develop all sorts of behaviour problems.