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How Do You Help A Dog With Separation Anxiety?

by Adopt a Pet, | January 8, 2024

How Do You Help A Dog With Separation Anxiety?

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In order to help a dog with separation anxiety, you’ll need to talk to a vet or animal behaviorist who can help to find a solution that may include adjustments to the dog’s routine, behavioral modifications, and sometimes medication. Effective treatment will vary, but one thing is for sure: You can’t just wait for it to pass.

Common Treatments for Separation Anxiety

The good news for pet owners is that separation anxiety can usually be managed. Some of the most common ways to deal with the condition include:

Video Record Your Dog When He is Home Alone

This will help you pinpoint how long it takes for the separation anxiety to kick in and identify any other potential triggers. You will also be able to see the symptoms in action, which will make it easier to explain them to a veterinarian or animal behaviorist.

Don’t Make a Big Deal About Goodbyes

Keep it low-key when coming and going. You should take special care not to lavish your dog with attention until he has calmed down.

Calming Aids

There are several different calming aids on the market that could help with your pet’s anxiety. These include calming shirts, diffusers, collars, treats, and other products. If the anxiety is mild, you may have some success with these products.


Depending on the severity of the anxiety, over-the-counter medications may help. If it’s more severe, your vet may prescribe something a bit stronger. Always talk to your vet before giving your dog any type of medication.

Behavioral Modifications 

Working with an animal behaviorist is another method of dealing with separation anxiety that is often very successful.

Note that not all destructive behavior is due to separation anxiety. Boredom, lack of exercise, or even a medical condition could be to blame. Either way, the behavior can’t continue, so talk to your vet to find a solution that works for your pet. 

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