Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Riaan, nice to hear from you! If your dogs are only engaging in this behaviour when you are out, then unfortunately you have separation anxiety happening!
One of the defining features of this anxiety is that it only happens when the owner is out. You really do need to deal with this as quickly as possibly as it can, and does get worse. I honestly prefer people to do this under the guidance of a behaviourist, and preferably one that does TTouch, as it can and does take a lot of time and effort on the owners part to rectify. the recommendations for changing this behaviour are lengthy, so instead of trying to put them here, I have supplied you with a link to my free website where you will get all the info to get started.
If you punish the dogs for this behaviour, all that will happen is that they will get more stressed. Rather realize that there is a problem afoot and address it from this view.
if you do decide to go the route of getting in help, please let me know which area you live in and I will put you in touch with somebody I know and trust. Nice to hear from you and good luck!
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