If your dog isn’t used to being in a crate, it may take some time to help train him. You can use pheromone-containing products in or around the crate to help naturally calm him, and if he is food-motivated, you can incorporate treats into your dog’s crate training. If your dog isn’t likely to chew on fabrics, you can try leaving a shirt that you have recently worn inside the kennel. This is useful because the shirt smells like his favorite person!
Visual stressors can be blocked by closing windows and doors. Leaving the television or radio on while you are away can help cancel out stressful sounds. Some studies on dogs and cats in shelter settings have revealed that classical, jazz and reggae music were the most calming types of music genres.
Toys can also be a welcome distraction while you are gone. Puzzle toys are especially useful, and toys with ice cubes or peanut butter inside may provide many minutes of fun for your pup. Dog-appeasing pheromones can also be used outside of crates, and CBD oil may help keep your dog relaxed and calm.
If you are still having trouble with your dog’s anxiety, make sure to talk to your veterinarian. She will be able to get you more information on behavior modification and training, which are the ultimate ways to help your dog’s anxiety.
Sometimes, veterinarians will prescribe medications if a dog’s anxiety is severe, and your vet might also refer your dog to a veterinary behavior specialist for the best results.
Separation anxiety can be difficult to manage without training and patience. Crate training is one of the best ways to ensure that your dog does not engage in destructive behaviors, especially behaviors where he ends up hurting himself.
No two dogs are the same when it comes to anxiety, and often a combination of the above tips will help anxious dogs. Your veterinarian can help you mitigate your dog’s behavior issues and can provide you with helpful information.