Dogs have dramatic ways of expressing their frustration and loneliness, particularly when focused on the absence of members of their ‘pack’. Therefore solving hyper attachment in dogs should first involve the identification of any cause underlying the dog’s behavior. Shrouded by punishment and uncertainty, hyper attachment may result in destructive behavior once the dog is left all alone. Separation anxiety is a psychological disorder that requires discipline and consistency when treating the dog.
Deficiency in the dog’s sensory perception may also result in development of hyper attachment. This is the dog’s way of expressing their distress since the essential parts of its physiology have been crippled. Contact becomes a constant and prolonged. Thorough tests should be administered to determine if this is the cause, rather than separation anxiety.
Behavioral modification drills are effective in addressing over attachment. Solving hyper attachment in dogs will require that the owner make a few adjustments around the household including the construction of a play pen for the dog. The play pen should have a sufficient number of stuffed toys to keep the dog busy. The play pen should be used when at home so that the dog can learn to be independent from its owner. Gradually increasing the distance and time away from the dog is the best way to solve attachment issues. Eventually, you will be able to leave your dog at home alone for extended periods of time.
Medical treatment can be helpful and may only require a few months of treatment. Mixing the treatment with behavior management shortens the course of treatment. Behavior modification on its own is an inexpensive and time tested method to resolve over attachment due to separation anxiety.