Seperation Anxiety in Dogs

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Erin Edge
Public Speaking
March 2013
Narrowed Topic: Separation Anxiety in dogs.
Message: I will communicate with my class what separation anxiety is, what symptoms to look for and how to handle them. Audience: public speaking class
Purpose: To help others understand what separation anxiety is and how it can be handled. Performance Goal: Watch my vocal distracters and vary my eye contact. OUTLINE:
Attention-getting strategy: How many of you have a dog at home? How many of you have ever come home to things shredded all over your house? Connection with audience/ ethos: Well I have and do on almost an everyday basis. Her name is Molly; she is an 8 month old Aussie – Collie mix. She will destroy anything and everything she can get ahold of when left alone. Focus/preview statement: There could be a reason behind this, what most people would call “bad” behavior could really be described as separation anxiety. Dogs can develop separation anxiety just like people. I’m going to explain to you what separation anxiety is and how dogs can develop it, along with the symptoms you should look for and how it can be handled.

I. Let’s get started with what is separation anxiety and how dogs develop it.; a. According to the human society’s website, separation anxiety is distress and behavior problems exhibited when your dog is left alone b. Some of the reasons could be:

i. Change in guardian or family
1. dog who have been give away to a new family from a shelter or to someone else can develop anxiety of the new surroundings and the family ii. Change in their schedule
iii. Change in residence, moving to a new home
iv. Change in house hold membership
2. someone dies or moves out

II. Moving to what to look for if you think your dog might have separation anxiety c. WebMD Veterinary reference state that:
v. Urinating or defecating in the house...
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