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Dr. Colleen Koch is an animal behaviorist at the Mizzou Animal Cancer Care facility in Wentzville. She offers personalized plans for pets and their owners to assist them in treating their animals' problem behaviors, improving the quality of their pets' lives, and restoring the rewarding human-animal bond.

One of the most common complaints of pet owners is that their dogs are destructive or disruptive when left alone. They might urinate, defecate, bark, howl, chew, dig, or try to escape. These problems can be symptoms of distress. When a dog's problems are accompanied by other distress behaviors, such as drooling and showing anxiety, they are indications that the dog has separation anxiety. This is triggered when dogs are separated from their people. Some of these behaviors may result in self-injury and household destruction. When treating a dog with separation anxiety, the goal is to resolve the dog's underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone. There is no evidence showing exactly why certain dogs develop separation anxiety. However, far more dogs adopted from shelters display this behavior problem, therefore it is believed that loss of an important person in the dog's life can potentially lead to this anxiety. Depending on the severity of the behavior problem, treatment may range from desensitization to the use of certain medications. (ASPCA)

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