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Written by veterinarian, consultant, teacher, and author Myrna Milani, this site is dedicated to furthering our understanding of animal health, behavior, and the human-animal bond. In addition to commentaries, favorite links, and biographical information, you will find the following:

This Month's Commentary:

Separation Anxiety in Dogs: A Most Challenging Behavioral Problem

Granted no other canine problem generates as much scientific, political, and media attention as canine aggression, especially when it involves people. But when it comes to possessing the potential to destroy or prevent the development of a mutually rewarding human-animal bond, separation anxiety shares top billing on my list.

Most of us take an “I know it when I see it” approach to separation anxiety. As a result, the same behavior that fits one person’s definition may not fit someone else’s. What Jane perceives as a wantonly destroyed couch, her sister Mary may dismiss as a sign of normal puppy behavior.

In general though, I think it’s safe to say that for most of us the phrase “separation anxiety” elicits mental images of anything dogs do when left alone that we don’t like. The more extroverted anxious canine’s rap sheet includes…

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