Tips for Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Tips for Separation Anxiety in Dogs Dogsized

Please don't leave me!

We have a Havanese, often known as a “velcro dog”. They were bred as a companion dog, so you can imagine, we’ve had to deal with his separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in dogs can result in bad behavior, e.g. constantly barking, howling, peeing or pooping. They might also destroy things, e.g. chew your furniture and shoes or scratch your doors and windows.

You should definitely discuss this with your vet, but in the meanwhile, here are some of our tips to alleviate your dog’s separation anxiety.

How to Help Alleviate Separation Anxiety in Dogs

    • Don't make it a big deal when leaving or returning to your home. In fact, ignore your dog when leaving and returning so your dog
    • Try shorter trips away from the home so your dog gets used to you leaving and returning. Start with very short trips (e.g. 1 min, 5 mins, 10 mins) and slowly increase the time you are gone. When you return, don't make it a big deal.
    • Consider crating your dog. Sometimes dogs get anxious because they have this big area / home to guard. By putting them in their crate, some dogs are less stressed.
    • When you leave, give your dog a bully stick or other food stuffed toys to keep them entertained. If you freeze the food stuffed toys, they can last longer.
      Make sure your dog also has access to its favorite toys (e.g. squeaky toys or balls).
    • Consider putting a Thundershirt on your dog when you leave the house.
Tips for Separation Anxiety in Dogs Dogsized

Are you leaving AGAIN?

  • If you're leaving to go to work and will be gone for a long period of time, consider using a dog walker or doggie day care. We used doggie day care 2-3 times a week and a dog walker on the other days. That way our dog had some days of play and days of rest.
  • Consider using a calming diffuser (aka DAP diffuser) or spray. Allegedly, they mimic neonatal pheromones that remind dogs of their mothers and the comfort of being a happy, secure puppy. Using a calming pheromone spray or diffuser to the room where your dog spends time alone can improve the atmosphere of the space for your dog.
    In the beginning, we used this with our dog and it seemed to help. We no longer use it now because his separation anxiety isn't as bad as it was. We used a number of the techniques on this page.
  • If your dog has really bad separation anxiety, you might consider using calming treats which can help relieve stress before it starts. We would only try this after you've exhausted the above options and probably checked in with your vet. We have used Pet-Eze with our dog and it does work. First, try out the calming supplement while you're home to make sure your dog doesn't have any adverse reactions to it. These chewable tablets can then be given to your dog either in anticipation of an anxiety attack or while the dog is anxious.

2 comments on “Tips for Separation Anxiety in Dogs”

  1. Wonderful info about separation anxiety. I will definitely try some of these suggestions because my dog does have some separation anxiety.

    1. Martha, thank you kindly... We are thrilled to hear that!

      Please touch base to let us know how the tips work for you and your pup.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi, I am Tiger!

Get insights, tips, and tools on the best dog supplies, dog accessories, treats, or training curated by our Chief Dogsized Influencer, Tiger. Stay in the know and instantly get connected to some of the best products and services for any sized dog from puppy, small breed, medium sized dog, to large breed dog.

Submit Your Products

To submit products for consideration, please use the Contact Us mailing address. Note, reviews are at our discretion and products can not be returned.

Dogsized Contributors

Want to increase your profile and influence in the dog community? Email us to share how you can contribute as a writer or learn more about our Ambassador Program.
LATEST POSTS
June 8, 2021
The Most Common Medium Sized Dog Breeds

There is something special about medium breeds that most people cannot ignore. After all, when comparing dog sizes, they are usually more physically active than small pooches. They are also more portable than big dogs. In this respect, we have some popular suggestions for you if you are open to adopting one!

Read More
June 7, 2021
Can Your Dog Wear Dog Boots In The Summer?

Many pet parents may not realize this, but the ground your dog is walking on could be exceedingly hot for them.

And to answer your question, yes, your dog can wear dog boots in the summer.

Read More
June 2, 2021
The Truth About Dogs That Stay Small

Dogs that stay small are adorable, easy to carry and don’t eat much. This means they are easier to take care of, even on a budget! The thing about them is that they don’t always have a good reputation, primarily due to certain misinformed stereotypes. Chances are, you may also be having some of these misgivings.

Read More
June 1, 2021
How To Crate Train A Dog? - Part 1

Crate training is crucial because it ensures that your dog ends up with a good sense of security and comfort when you bring home one of these crates. They have to feel comfortable enough to enter the crate without feeling scared or forced.

Read More
May 31, 2021
Smallest Dog Breeds In The World

Small dogs are adorable, cuddly, and they suit any home or apartment. They make the best companions for kids too! So, if you find yourself trying to decide which dog to adopt, we’ve got a few ideas on which ones should be at the top of your list.

Read More

Never Miss DOGSIZED

Join thousands of subscribers !
7 Skyline Drive, 350
Hawthorne, NY 10532
dogsized [@] gmail [.com]
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram