Must Haves for Nervous Dogs
Calming Dog Treats
Calming dog treats contain naturally relaxing ingredients and can help soothe nervous dogs. In addition, these treats are generally useful for training.
Best Calming Dog Treats
Best Calming Dog Treats
Zesty Paws All Ages, Calming Bites, Peanut Butter Flavored Soft Chews, Behavior Functional Dog Supplement, 90 count
Best Calming Dog Treats
Zesty Paws All Ages, Calming Bites, Peanut Butter Flavored Soft Chews, Behavior Functional Dog Supplement, 90 count
Zesty Paws All Ages, Calming Bites, Peanut Butter Flavored Soft Chews, Behavior Functional Dog Supplement, 90 count
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Zesty Paws All Ages, Calming Bites, Peanut Butter Flavored Soft Chews, Behavior Functional Dog Supplement, 90 count
Budget Calming Treats
Budget Calming Treats
SmartBones Calming Care Chicken Chews Dog Treats, 16 pack
Budget Calming Treats
SmartBones Calming Care Chicken Chews Dog Treats, 16 pack
SmartBones Calming Care Chicken Chews Dog Treats, 16 pack
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SmartBones Calming Care Chicken Chews Dog Treats, 16 pack
Most Durable Calming Treats
Most Durable Calming Treats
Phelps Wellness Collection Keep Calm & Canine On! Chicken Flavor Dog Treats, 4-oz bag
Most Durable Calming Treats
Phelps Wellness Collection Keep Calm & Canine On! Chicken Flavor Dog Treats, 4-oz bag
Phelps Wellness Collection Keep Calm & Canine On! Chicken Flavor Dog Treats, 4-oz bag
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Phelps Wellness Collection Keep Calm & Canine On! Chicken Flavor Dog Treats, 4-oz bag
Anxiety Jacket
The gentle pressure exerted by an anxiety jacket relaxes nervous dogs to some degree in around 80 percent of cases, according to manufacturers.
Best Anxiety Jacket
Best Anxiety Jacket
ThunderShirt Anxiety & Calming Aid for Dogs, Pink Polo, Large
Best Anxiety Jacket
ThunderShirt Anxiety & Calming Aid for Dogs, Pink Polo, Large
ThunderShirt Anxiety & Calming Aid for Dogs, Pink Polo, Large
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ThunderShirt Anxiety & Calming Aid for Dogs, Pink Polo, Large
Budget Anxiety Jacket
Budget Anxiety Jacket
Dog Anxiety Jacket Keep Calming Vest Thunder Coat with D-Ring and Training Handle for Large Dogs
Budget Anxiety Jacket
Dog Anxiety Jacket Keep Calming Vest Thunder Coat with D-Ring and Training Handle for Large Dogs
Dog Anxiety Jacket Keep Calming Vest Thunder Coat with D-Ring and Training Handle for Large Dogs
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Dog Anxiety Jacket Keep Calming Vest Thunder Coat with D-Ring and Training Handle for Large Dogs
Anxiety Wrap
Anxiety Wrap
Mellow Shirt Dog Anxiety Calming Wrap, X-Large, Aluminum
Anxiety Wrap
Mellow Shirt Dog Anxiety Calming Wrap, X-Large, Aluminum
Mellow Shirt Dog Anxiety Calming Wrap, X-Large, Aluminum
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Mellow Shirt Dog Anxiety Calming Wrap, X-Large, Aluminum
Dog Crate
Many dogs consider crates calming hideaways or dens. So it's a good idea to crate-train your dog if they suffer from separation anxiety.
Soft Dog Crate
Soft Dog Crate
EliteField 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate, Blue, 30 inch
Soft Dog Crate
EliteField 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate, Blue, 30 inch
EliteField 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate, Blue, 30 inch
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EliteField 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate, Blue, 30 inch
Metal Dog Crate
Metal Dog Crate
MidWest iCrate Fold & Carry Double Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate, 42 inch
Metal Dog Crate
MidWest iCrate Fold & Carry Double Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate, 42 inch
MidWest iCrate Fold & Carry Double Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate, 42 inch
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MidWest iCrate Fold & Carry Double Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate, 42 inch
Dog Playpen
Dog Playpen
Paws & Pals Collapsible Wire Dog Exercise Pen, 24-in
Dog Playpen
Paws & Pals Collapsible Wire Dog Exercise Pen, 24-in
Paws & Pals Collapsible Wire Dog Exercise Pen, 24-in
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Paws & Pals Collapsible Wire Dog Exercise Pen, 24-in
Cozy Blanket
It might seem basic, but a blanket can soothe a nervous dog. Get your scent or other familiar smells on it, and when you go out your dog will have the blanket to comfort him and alleviate separation anxiety. You can also cover your dog with the blanket when you’re home and notice he’s feeling nervous.
Best Dog Blanket
Best Dog Blanket
furrybaby Fluffy Soft Dog Blanket for Large Dogs 40×47 Inches Reversible Sherpa Fleece Cat Calming Blanket Washable Warm Pet Throw for Dods Puppy Cat(Large, Grey Double-Layer Blanket)
Best Dog Blanket
furrybaby Fluffy Soft Dog Blanket for Large Dogs 40x47 Inches Reversible Sherpa Fleece Cat Calming Blanket Washable Warm Pet Throw for Dods Puppy Cat(Large, Grey Double-Layer Blanket)
furrybaby Fluffy Soft Dog Blanket for Large Dogs 40x47 Inches Reversible Sherpa Fleece Cat Calming Blanket Washable Warm Pet Throw for Dods Puppy Cat(Large, Grey Double-Layer Blanket)
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furrybaby Fluffy Soft Dog Blanket for Large Dogs 40×47 Inches Reversible Sherpa Fleece Cat Calming Blanket Washable Warm Pet Throw for Dods Puppy Cat(Large, Grey Double-Layer Blanket)
Budget Dog Blanket
Budget Dog Blanket
Dog Blanket or Cat Blanket or Pet Blanket, Warm Soft Fuzzy Blankets for Puppy, Small, Medium, Large Dogs or Kitten, Cats, Plush Fleece Throws for Bed, Couch, Sofa, Travel (S/24″ x 32″, Dark Grey)
Budget Dog Blanket
Dog Blanket or Cat Blanket or Pet Blanket, Warm Soft Fuzzy Blankets for Puppy, Small, Medium, Large Dogs or Kitten, Cats, Plush Fleece Throws for Bed, Couch, Sofa, Travel (S/24" x 32", Dark Grey)
Dog Blanket or Cat Blanket or Pet Blanket, Warm Soft Fuzzy Blankets for Puppy, Small, Medium, Large Dogs or Kitten, Cats, Plush Fleece Throws for Bed, Couch, Sofa, Travel (S/24" x 32", Dark Grey)
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Dog Blanket or Cat Blanket or Pet Blanket, Warm Soft Fuzzy Blankets for Puppy, Small, Medium, Large Dogs or Kitten, Cats, Plush Fleece Throws for Bed, Couch, Sofa, Travel (S/24″ x 32″, Dark Grey)
Durable Dog Blanket
Durable Dog Blanket
Best Friends by Sheri Throw Shag Dog & Cat Blanket, Dark Chocolate, Standard
Durable Dog Blanket
Best Friends by Sheri Throw Shag Dog & Cat Blanket, Dark Chocolate, Standard
Best Friends by Sheri Throw Shag Dog & Cat Blanket, Dark Chocolate, Standard
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Best Friends by Sheri Throw Shag Dog & Cat Blanket, Dark Chocolate, Standard
Nice to Haves for Nervous Dogs
Covered Dog Bed
Covered dog beds are perfect for nervous dogs because they're part bed, part hiding place.
Best Covered Dog Bed
Best Covered Dog Bed
FurHaven Faux Sheepskin Snuggery Orthopedic Cat & Dog Bed w/Removable Cover, Gray, 35-in
Best Covered Dog Bed
FurHaven Faux Sheepskin Snuggery Orthopedic Cat & Dog Bed w/Removable Cover, Gray, 35-in
FurHaven Faux Sheepskin Snuggery Orthopedic Cat & Dog Bed w/Removable Cover, Gray, 35-in
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FurHaven Faux Sheepskin Snuggery Orthopedic Cat & Dog Bed w/Removable Cover, Gray, 35-in
Budget Covered Dog Bed
Budget Covered Dog Bed
Best Pet Supplies Fleece Tent Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Tan, X-Large
Budget Covered Dog Bed
Best Pet Supplies Fleece Tent Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Tan, X-Large
Best Pet Supplies Fleece Tent Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Tan, X-Large
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Best Pet Supplies Fleece Tent Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Tan, X-Large
Most Durable Dog Bed
Most Durable Dog Bed
Best Friends by Sheri Cozy Cuddler Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Grey, Standard
Most Durable Dog Bed
Best Friends by Sheri Cozy Cuddler Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Grey, Standard
Best Friends by Sheri Cozy Cuddler Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Grey, Standard
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Best Friends by Sheri Cozy Cuddler Covered Cat & Dog Bed, Grey, Standard
Training Book
Many nervous dogs can become much calmer and less fearful with consistent training. A good training book will set you on the right track.
Dog Training Book
Dog Training Book
The Power of Positive Dog Training
Dog Training Book
The Power of Positive Dog Training
The Power of Positive Dog Training
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The Power of Positive Dog Training
Puppy Training Book
Puppy Training Book
The Puppy Training Handbook: How To Raise The Dog Of Your Dreams
Puppy Training Book
The Puppy Training Handbook: How To Raise The Dog Of Your Dreams
The Puppy Training Handbook: How To Raise The Dog Of Your Dreams
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The Puppy Training Handbook: How To Raise The Dog Of Your Dreams
Tricks Training Book
Tricks Training Book
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
Tricks Training Book
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
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101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
Training Treats
Your ultimate goal should be to use positive training techniques to make your dog less nervous. Training treats are a vital part of positive reinforcement to achieve this.
Best Training Treats
Best Training Treats
Pet Botanics Training Rewards Bacon Flavor Dog Treats, 20-oz bag
Best Training Treats
Pet Botanics Training Rewards Bacon Flavor Dog Treats, 20-oz bag
Pet Botanics Training Rewards Bacon Flavor Dog Treats, 20-oz bag
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Pet Botanics Training Rewards Bacon Flavor Dog Treats, 20-oz bag
Puppy Training Treats
Puppy Training Treats
Wellness Grain-Free Crunchy Puppy Bites Chicken & Carrots Recipe Dog Treats, 6-oz bag
Puppy Training Treats
Wellness Grain-Free Crunchy Puppy Bites Chicken & Carrots Recipe Dog Treats, 6-oz bag
Wellness Grain-Free Crunchy Puppy Bites Chicken & Carrots Recipe Dog Treats, 6-oz bag
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Wellness Grain-Free Crunchy Puppy Bites Chicken & Carrots Recipe Dog Treats, 6-oz bag
Organic Training Treats
Organic Training Treats
Full Moon All Natural Human Grade Dog Treats, Essential Chicken Savory Bites, 16 Ounce
Organic Training Treats
Full Moon All Natural Human Grade Dog Treats, Essential Chicken Savory Bites, 16 Ounce
Full Moon All Natural Human Grade Dog Treats, Essential Chicken Savory Bites, 16 Ounce
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Full Moon All Natural Human Grade Dog Treats, Essential Chicken Savory Bites, 16 Ounce
Chew Toy
Dogs can redirect some of their nervous energy into chewing to make them feel calmer in stressful or overwhelming situations.
Durable Chew Toy
Durable Chew Toy
Benebone Bacon Flavor Dental Tough Dog Chew Toy, Medium
Durable Chew Toy
Benebone Bacon Flavor Dental Tough Dog Chew Toy, Medium
Benebone Bacon Flavor Dental Tough Dog Chew Toy, Medium
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Benebone Bacon Flavor Dental Tough Dog Chew Toy, Medium
Puppy Chew Toy
Puppy Chew Toy
Nylabone Puppy Chew Starter Kit Triple Pack Puppy Chew Toy
Puppy Chew Toy
Nylabone Puppy Chew Starter Kit Triple Pack Puppy Chew Toy
Nylabone Puppy Chew Starter Kit Triple Pack Puppy Chew Toy
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Nylabone Puppy Chew Starter Kit Triple Pack Puppy Chew Toy
Bone Chew Toy
Bone Chew Toy
Nylabone DuraChew Bacon Flavored Dog Chew Toy, X-Large
Bone Chew Toy
Nylabone DuraChew Bacon Flavored Dog Chew Toy, X-Large
Nylabone DuraChew Bacon Flavored Dog Chew Toy, X-Large
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Nylabone DuraChew Bacon Flavored Dog Chew Toy, X-Large
Splurges for Nervous Dogs
Calming Speakers
Separation anxiety with pets is very much real. A calming speaker can help calm down your dog on long car rides or when you leave them alone. These ones are specifically programed with relaxing sounds and music—or you can opt to play your own tunes.
Best Calming Speaker
Best Calming Speaker
Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes Calming Music Dog Speaker
Best Calming Speaker
Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes Calming Music Dog Speaker
Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes Calming Music Dog Speaker
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Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes Calming Music Dog Speaker
White Noise Machine
White Noise Machine
PetMedics Calming Pet Soothing Sound Noise Machine
White Noise Machine
PetMedics Calming Pet Soothing Sound Noise Machine
PetMedics Calming Pet Soothing Sound Noise Machine
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PetMedics Calming Pet Soothing Sound Noise Machine
Budget Calming Speaker
Budget Calming Speaker
DOGNESS Bluetooth Speaker Accessory for Smart Retractable Dog Leash, Red Black
Budget Calming Speaker
DOGNESS Bluetooth Speaker Accessory for Smart Retractable Dog Leash, Red Black
DOGNESS Bluetooth Speaker Accessory for Smart Retractable Dog Leash, Red Black
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DOGNESS Bluetooth Speaker Accessory for Smart Retractable Dog Leash, Red Black
Calming Collar
Calming dog collars use synthesized canine pheromones to help relax nervous dogs. They're great when they work, but the downside is they aren't effective on all dogs.
Best Calming Collar
Best Calming Collar
Adaptil Calming Adjustable Dog Collar, Medium & Large
Best Calming Collar
Adaptil Calming Adjustable Dog Collar, Medium & Large
Adaptil Calming Adjustable Dog Collar, Medium & Large
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Adaptil Calming Adjustable Dog Collar, Medium & Large
Puppy Calming Collar
Puppy Calming Collar
ADAPTIL Calming Pheromone Collar for Dogs, Small
Puppy Calming Collar
ADAPTIL Calming Pheromone Collar for Dogs, Small
ADAPTIL Calming Pheromone Collar for Dogs, Small
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ADAPTIL Calming Pheromone Collar for Dogs, Small
Budget Calming Collar
Budget Calming Collar
ThunderEase Calming Dog Collar, Large
Budget Calming Collar
ThunderEase Calming Dog Collar, Large
ThunderEase Calming Dog Collar, Large
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ThunderEase Calming Dog Collar, Large
Training Leash
If your dog is nervous out on walks, it may not be safe to allow off-leash time until you've perfected recall. A long training leash lets your dog roam safely in appropriate areas and also gives you space to work on recall training.
Best Recall Training Leash
Best Recall Training Leash
Dog/Puppy Obedience Long Recall Training Agility Lead Leash – Perfect for Pet Behavior Training, Multiple Sizes (50 ft, Orange)
Best Recall Training Leash
Dog/Puppy Obedience Long Recall Training Agility Lead Leash - Perfect for Pet Behavior Training, Multiple Sizes (50 ft, Orange)
Dog/Puppy Obedience Long Recall Training Agility Lead Leash - Perfect for Pet Behavior Training, Multiple Sizes (50 ft, Orange)
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Dog/Puppy Obedience Long Recall Training Agility Lead Leash – Perfect for Pet Behavior Training, Multiple Sizes (50 ft, Orange)
Best Everyday Leash
Best Everyday Leash
PetSafe Premier Nylon Dog Leash, Black, 6-ft long, 1-in wide
Best Everyday Leash
PetSafe Premier Nylon Dog Leash, Black, 6-ft long, 1-in wide
PetSafe Premier Nylon Dog Leash, Black, 6-ft long, 1-in wide
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PetSafe Premier Nylon Dog Leash, Black, 6-ft long, 1-in wide
Budget Recall Training Leash
Budget Recall Training Leash

Designed for medium and large dogs, this nylon training leash is 15 feet long and perfect for distance training and walks in the backyard and park. Price: $8

Budget Recall Training Leash
Hi Kiss Dog/Puppy Obedience Recall Training Agility Lead - 15ft 20ft 30ft 50ft 100ft Leash Great for Training, Play, Camping, or Backyard Black
Hi Kiss Dog/Puppy Obedience Recall Training Agility Lead - 15ft 20ft 30ft 50ft 100ft Leash Great for Training, Play, Camping, or Backyard Black
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Designed for medium and large dogs, this nylon training leash is 15 feet long and perfect for distance training and walks in the backyard and park. Price: $8

Pet Camera
Pet cameras let you watch dogs for signs of separation anxiety when you’re out of the room or out of the house, and you can even speak to them to give them reassurance.
Treat-Dispensing Pet Camera
Treat-Dispensing Pet Camera
eufy Pet Dog Camera D605, 1080p Dog Camera with Phone App
Treat-Dispensing Pet Camera
eufy Pet Dog Camera D605, 1080p Dog Camera with Phone App
eufy Pet Dog Camera D605, 1080p Dog Camera with Phone App
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eufy Pet Dog Camera D605, 1080p Dog Camera with Phone App
Play Pet Camera
Play Pet Camera
Petcube Play 2 Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, Matte Silver
Play Pet Camera
Petcube Play 2 Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, Matte Silver
Petcube Play 2 Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, Matte Silver
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Petcube Play 2 Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, Matte Silver
Budget Pet Camera
Budget Pet Camera
Petcube Cam HD Monitoring With Vet Chat Pet Camera
Budget Pet Camera
Petcube Cam HD Monitoring With Vet Chat Pet Camera
Petcube Cam HD Monitoring With Vet Chat Pet Camera
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Petcube Cam HD Monitoring With Vet Chat Pet Camera
High-Visibility Harness
It doesn't take much for a truly nervous dog to bolt. With a high-visibility harness, it will be much easier to spot a dog who manages to run off during an after-dark walk.
Reflective Harness
Reflective Harness
Julius-K9 IDC Powerharness
Reflective Harness
Julius-K9 IDC Powerharness
Julius-K9 IDC Powerharness
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Julius-K9 IDC Powerharness
Active Reflective Harness
Active Reflective Harness
Chai’s Choice 3M Polyester Reflective Front Clip Dog Harness, Orange, Large: 27 to 32-in chest
Active Reflective Harness
Chai's Choice 3M Polyester Reflective Front Clip Dog Harness, Orange, Large: 27 to 32-in chest
Chai's Choice 3M Polyester Reflective Front Clip Dog Harness, Orange, Large: 27 to 32-in chest
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Chai’s Choice 3M Polyester Reflective Front Clip Dog Harness, Orange, Large: 27 to 32-in chest
Front-Range Reflective Harness
Front-Range Reflective Harness
Ruffwear, Front Range Dog Harness, Reflective and Padded Harness for Training and Everyday, Red Sumac, Small
Front-Range Reflective Harness
Ruffwear, Front Range Dog Harness, Reflective and Padded Harness for Training and Everyday, Red Sumac, Small
Ruffwear, Front Range Dog Harness, Reflective and Padded Harness for Training and Everyday, Red Sumac, Small
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Ruffwear, Front Range Dog Harness, Reflective and Padded Harness for Training and Everyday, Red Sumac, Small
What to Know About Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety in dogs goes beyond the occasional mournful whimper when you leave the house or the mysterious appearance, now and then, of a bedroom slipper under the kitchen table when you return. Unlike a little mischief when your dog is left alone, separation anxiety is the result of real stress. If your dog exhibits some of these behaviors when you’re not there, he is most likely suffering from separation anxiety:

Excessive barking or howling
Destructive acts, like chewing furniture, pillows or clothing and frantic scratching on the doors or windows
Indoor ‘accidents’–urinating or defecting in the house
Excessive salivation, drooling or panting
Intense pacing
If crated, escape attempts so desperate, the dog may actually harm himself
These behaviors aren’t occasional; they happen every time you leave and only in your absence. In fact, they may begin even before you leave; when he sees you put on a coat or take out the car keys.

What Causes Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
It’s unclear why some dogs are more prone to separation anxiety. There’s some anecdotal evidence to suggest it’s more common in shelter dogs, who may have been abandoned or suffered the loss of an important person in the past. Some breeds may also be more prone to it, especially the more-people oriented breeds. Life changes can also cause separation anxiety, including a sudden change in the schedule, a move to a new house or the sudden absence of a family member, whether it’s a divorce, a death in the family or even a child going off to college.

How Do I Help My Dog?
Neither you nor your dog wants this constant cycle to continue. It’s difficult seeing a beloved pet under so much stress and just as difficult to come home to mayhem and destruction. While there’s no magic bullet, there are some things you can try.

Conditioning: In some cases, you can try to relieve his anxiety by teaching him that separation has its rewards. Right now, he’s conditioned to go into stress mode when he knows you’re leaving him. Try countering that reaction by leaving him a special treat, like a bone or toy stuffed with peanut butter or something else he loves. You can even leave small treats around the house for him to discover. Make sure his toys, bed, blanket and anything else he likes are near at hand.

If he’s a puppy, start conditioning him early by leaving him for short periods of time and gradually lengthening the amount of time you’re gone. Some dogs feel safer and more comfortable in their crate when left alone. Watch his behavior in the crate to see if he settles right down or if the anxiety symptoms ramp up.

Exercise: Make sure he gets plenty of exercise, both physical and mental. A tired, contented dog, who’s had a brisk walk and playtime with you is more likely to settle down when you leave.

Medication: Sometimes, no amount of training and conditioning will help, especially with older dogs. Some vets recommend medication like amitriptyline, which is used to treat depression, or alprazolam, which is prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders.

Herbal & homeopathic treatments: Another option is natural supplements and homeopathic treatment. Natural supplements that help ease anxiety in dogs include the amino acid L-theanine, chamomile, passionflower, St. John’s Wort and valerian. These basically function to alter neurotransmitters in the brain (such as serotonin, GABA, or dopamine) to induce a sense of peace and calm.

In moderate to severe cases of separation anxiety, you might have to try a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. It can be a complicated process, so consider working with a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist or a veterinary behaviorist.

Separation anxiety isn’t always preventable, despite your best efforts. But with patience and care, you may be able to reduce your dog’s suffering and the destructive behaviors it causes.

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