If you have ever left your home only to come back to chewed up shoes or furniture it might be a sign of separation anxiety. Dogs love to chew on stuff especially when they are puppies, but if it happens every time you leave the house it could be more than just bad behavior. Other signs of anxiety are hyperactivity, nervousness, excessive barking, digging, trembling, or unusual urine marking.
This method works for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety. This takes a little time, but if you have a schedule that requires you to leave your dog at home for long periods of time during the day this works well. You start when you first get your dog by only leaving them for short periods of time at first. Things like a short trip to the grocery store are perfect. If you notice some destruction when you get home, a little discipline (stern scolding, time out, etc..) then afterwords affirmation will help your dog to learn appropriate behavior when you’re gone. Some tricks to occupy your dogs time are things such as treat filled toys that will keep them busy for a little while. When your dog starts to get used to you being gone for short periods of time you can then increase the time you are out. If you don’t have much time to train your dog like this and have to work during the day you can try and get a neighbor to pay your dog a visit with some treats. It is best to have your dog become familiar with your neighbor first to avoid aggression. Your dogs separation anxiety should significantly diminish over time.
There are natural things you can use to help your dogs anxiety (not just separation anxiety). Herbs such as chamomile can help your dog to relax more. There are also products like our Ruff to Smooth spray on conditioner that have lavender to calm your dog naturally. Giving your dog a comfortable bed to sleep on also helps as well. This works much like a security blanket works for children. With so many beds to choose from you want to find one that has a thick and soft filling. Most of the casual dog beds we sell in our store are a good choice. With a little planning and TLC you should be able to ease your dogs anxieties and give them the ability to calm down.