If your dog has separation anxiety when you leave the home for work or errands, you probably understand the stress involved with coming home to a big mess and an unhappy pup. Read below for some tips to help your dog with separation anxiety.
Play music or leave the T.V. on for your dog
The sound of voices will make your dog feel less alone and the noise can help to mask the sounds that may be triggering their anxiety. Just make sure to keep the volume at a low level. You don’t want these sources of sound to become new sources for anxiety.
Some dog toys come with scents infused in them such as lavender that are supposed to help calm dogs. There are even collars that diffuse these scents.
Getting your dogs enough exercise is important for so many reasons. Exercise increases endorphins in your dog’s brain that help to calm them and make them happier. Also, a tired dog is a calm dog, and you are less likely to come home to a destroyed house if your dog spent the day snoozing!
Give them a low stress area to retreat to
If you can, find a safe area in your home that your dog can stay that is low-stimulus. Inner rooms away from windows keep outside noises from working your dog up. Have favorite toys and a comfortable spot for your dog to relax. Make sure to have the area free of dangers in case your dog does get worked up.
Check your own state of mind
Reacting to your dog’s anxiety with nervousness of your own can cause your dog to pick up on your anxiety and heighten the problem further. Be your dog’s leader by displaying confidence. Don’t show heightened emotion either when you’re leaving the house or returning.
Veterinary and professional help
Discuss your dog’s anxiety problem with your veterinarian to help rule out any health issues. They can recommend medical treatments or prescriptions if necessary. Also consider professional dog behaviorists who can help with training and changing your dog’s anxious mindset.