Treating Your Dog's Anxiety. By Jennifer Coates, DVM. Just like people, dogs suffer from different types of anxiety. Pet parents know that something has to be. Dogs still need training, too; there is no magic cure to fix fearfulness and anxiety for good. But the natural solutions listed below may go a long. Luckily, there are steps owners can take to help their dogs live with canine anxiety. Here are the symptoms, treatment options, and prevention.
Dogs Treatment For Anxious
I found it very helpful, however I was wondering if you can give me some specific advice on my dogs unusual Anxiety. She is a four-year old yellow Labrador and has very decent behavior when at home. She follows a strict diet and routine, as she gets fed twice a day at the same time and goes for daily walks around our neighborhood.
When walking through the neighborhood she is fine, mellow and occasionally pulls but can definitely be controlled. She also can be left alone in the house with out any type of problem.
Whenever we take her out to other places such as the beach, dog park, lake, or simply on a hike -her anxiety level is out of control. It all begins when we get in the car, and she starts panting severely, puts her tail between her legs and tries to stand as still as possible.
Now once we arrive and she leaves the car is when it all goes downhill…. She constantly whimpers and pants to the point of vomiting. She also gets an uncontrollable oral fixation issue that causes her to pick up anything she can fit in her mouth.
She has even tried to pick up fallen trees and has dragged them while crying because it hurts her mouth so bad. We try to intervene by focusing her attention on a more acceptable object, like a frisbee ,tennis ball or smaller stick but she becomes obsessive and will not leave the object of her desire, even if it is causing her pain until we leave the place we are at. During this time, her energy levels are through the roof and it affects the other dogs around her, and it causes her and them to become aggressive.
I would like to restate that she never has this behavior at home and it feels like it only happens when she is in a new place. The extreme panting began again, and I attempted to soothe her and kept a tight grip on the leash. Then an unknown man came out of the store, and our lab charged him, and wailed me into a pole so hard that it caused tissue damage on my arm.
I must admit I am not the strongest person I know, but her pull was simply uncontrollable. We would give endless amounts of desensitizing training as we are very eager to resolve this, but we are confused as to where to begin. How long have you had her? Has she always been this way? When did this behavior start? What is her background? With my dog, I start small, set her up for success, and very slowly increase the challenge. In the beginning, I start leash training in a very safe, low stimulus area, e.
I keep repeating this until my dog is totally comfortable with this. I try to keep walks positive and fun. For example, I may do shorter, but more frequent walks close to the house and so on.
The more successful walks we have, the more confidence my dog gains, and the less anxious she becomes. Similarly, the more panic attacks and negative experiences she has, the more fearful and anxious she becomes, which her undermine her confidence and set back training.
Therefore, the most important thing with desensitizing my dog is to maximize successful walks and prevent negative experiences.
Some dogs may also be fearful of new people, new sounds, new dogs, etc. So if my dog is afraid of these things, I also slowly desensitize her to each of these triggers, starting with the one that is most problematic. Note however, that dog behavior is very context dependent. Therefore, each dog and each situation is different. When in doubt, I get help from a good professional trainer. More on desensitization and counter-conditioning. More on dog socialization. I adopted a 2 year old female Boxer.
She has been with me for almost a month. When I have my male friends come over for a visit, Cheyenne starts jumping on the friends, running around the back yard as if she is uncomfortable with my friends being there. After my friends leave, Cheyenne will then relax. I am trying to introduce her to my friends slowly as she has been in a shelter and then at a rescue most of her 2 years of life. My Husky Lara shows similar behavior. In her case, it is because of over-excitement.
Usually she runs around, jumps, and vocalizes. With Lara, it was because we did not socialize her enough to different people when she was young. My Shiba Inu was also pretty reactive when he was young, but we did a lot of positive socialization and desensitization work with him, so now he is the most calm of my three dogs. Here is more on the people desensitization exercises I did with Sephy. Here is more on dog socialization.
When people come to visit, I make sure to properly manage Lara. I put a leash on her so that I can properly control her and stop her from getting too excited. I also make sure that the person is totally ignoring her — absolutely no eye-contact.
This is very important, because eye-contact can be seen as an invitation to interact, and this will get Lara even more excited. I stand a certain distance away from the person, far enough away that Lara is still able to stay in control, listen, and learn.
Then I start doing desensitization exercises. During the whole time I make sure that the person is ignoring Lara. I help Sephy better handle new things and being alone by slowly and carefully desensitizing him to these things. ASPCA article on separation anxiety. More on what I do to help Sephy with separation anxiety.
I also try to reduce his anxiety triggers as much as possible, and give him positive outlets for his anxious energy. Otherwise, Sephy will just keep getting more stressed and anxious, it will negatively impact his quality of life, and his behavior will likely worsen. I need advice on how to help my dog with an anxiety which is not listed here. He has a huge toy anxiety. What I mean by that is he will play till he drops. He gets extremely worked up over toys and fixates on them. He pants heavily and shakes and salivates.
He wont leave you alone even if you throw the toy for him to fetch because he brings it right back. This can go on for hours.
I am concerned about his health and how this much anxiety is ad for him. When did this toy fixation start? Did anything different occur during that time? What type of training is he used to? ASPCA article on compulsive behavior in dogs. Whole Dog Journal article on obsessive compulsive behavior in dogs.
My husband had 2 dogs for the past 14 years. We had to put one to sleep a couple of months ago due to cancer. We had 4 cats and 2 dogs at one time. When he got home from rehab he lived with his parents for a while until be could reconcile our marriage. The dog will not let me sleep he paces wines and barks all the time. I thought it was because he missed my husband so he came back home. I feel so bad for him but the house needs to get uninterrupted sleep.
With my dog Sephy , I try to re-establish as much certainty and consistency as possible. After we moved, I quickly set up a fixed routine and a consistent set of rules. I also increased supervision and spent more time with Sephy, engaging him in various positive and structured activities. We also went on longer walks, in quiet hiking trails. In this way, he gets to explore and relax in a peaceful environment. The structured activities redirect him from his stress, and gives him positive outlets for his energy.
Sephy is also very sensitive to my energy. If I am stressed our and unhappy, he will pick up on that and become stressed out himself. To help him stay calm, I need to stay calm and relaxed myself. How has it changed in the past couple of months?
Is he eating and drinking normally? How is his physical health? We currently have him in obidience training and have been working closely with my dog trainer to prevent his severe seperation anxiety. We have tried natural herbal medication and dietary suppliments and recently went to our vet where they prescribed him Prozac. Unfortunately, the medication made everything worse so we took him off of it.
Our vet had no other recommendations other than to see a behavioral trainer. Luke, my puppy, has torn up my carpet by the front door, has broken the wooden paneling surrounding the door, and has practically ripped our French doors off the walls. Luke would rather be around you and follow around the house then play with his favorite toy.
We have tried kong toys, long walks, leaving the house and coming back, locking him in his crate, and desensitizing him but nothing works. Mind you, we have been working hard at this since the first week we adopted him. Each time he went into panic mode, it would erode his confidence and certainty, and it would set back our retraining. So with Sephy, I make sure to maximize successes which will help build his confidence , and I prevent bad alone experiences, which will undo my retraining work.
If I cannot be home, then I get someone to watch him or take him out on a walk. However, many dogs enjoy the daycare experience so it depends. In this way, I can prevent him from going into panic mode, which will worsen his anxiety. During desensitization to any type of fear, it is essential to ensure that your dog never experiences the full-blown version of whatever provokes his anxiety or fear.
This means that during treatment for separation anxiety, your dog cannot be left alone except during your desensitization sessions. When did the behavior start? Are there any other changes in behavior? Is her poop normal? Is she eating and drinking normally? How is her energy level? How does she seem physically? Does she seem stressed out? Moving to a new environment can be very stressful for a dog.
After I moved, I quickly set up a fixed routine and schedule for my dog. I also set up a consistent set of rules and increased my level of supervision. I took my dog out for longer hikes in quiet and relaxing trails, so that he can have fun and chill out only if the issue is stress based.
A potty refresher course may be necessary after a move. We have a Pekinese and a Bichon Maltese. The Bichon runs away from my wife and hides all day when I am at work and will refuse to eat for days unless I hand feed her. I suppose it is a form of separation anxiety, but at times it feels like mind games. How old is she? What type of training is she used to? What is her daily routine like? How is she with other people? How does she get along with the other dog?
With anxiety issues, I first try to identify the source of the anxiety, i. I try to observe closely and get as detailed as possible. For example, is it fear of punishment? While we are out walking he will be calm and all of a sudden start sniffing the air, his tail will slowly lower until it is tucked underneath him and he will bolt in random directions.
Excessive lip licking and panting also occur. I have narrowed down some things: When his anxiety begins occurring we keep him to a very regular schedule and walk him around a cemetery nearby where he is almost always comfortable. When he does become nervous we employ the abrupt stop and change direction since it distracts him from his anxiety and forces him to pay more attention to us.
That is the one thing that has me stumped-he does not like being in the direct line of campfire smoke but exhibits no anxiety and will even sleep 10 feet away from it. The only thing I can come up with is that he sees the source of the smoke smell. The few times I have walked him past the neighbors barbecuing he seems to calm down.
Do you have any thoughts? Have you come across a dog with a smell anxiety before? Thank you for any input on this. Both my Huskies back away when smokers come close to pet them, even if at that time, the people are not smoking.
They are fine with other types of smoke, it is just the smell of cigarette smoke that makes them anxious. Does your dog avoid the kitchen or show any signs of stress wrt. Does he show any anxious behavior when you cook? Has he been around any smokers? Were there any smokers in his previous environment? I have had both my Huskies since 8 weeks old, so their reaction is not based on any past aversive event, but simply because they do not like being around the smell. However, I imagine a dog who has had previous negative associations with the smell would likely have a much stronger reaction to it.
He does not like cigarette smell but does not avoid people that smoke. He will let them pet him but then sneeze and walk away. He does not exhibit the anxiety problem around them.
He can hear cars arriving from down the street, he is already growling as they begin to turn in the cup-de-sac. He constantly growls and chases our cat who he has grown up with. She is now 15 years old and he is making her life miserable. We also have an adorable 15 year old Cocker Spaniel who is not as energetic anymore, but they are best friends.
The problem with Jethro is that he is becoming so unbearable timid at almost everything and very protective. He is now barking at any animal that appears on the television. To begin with it was just dogs, now it is any animal even cartoon animals. He has also begun barking and growling at some male characters. It is obvious that he dislikes males as these are his target if one comes anywhere near our house.
He is ok when we take him for walks at the dog beach. He is well-behaved with other dogs and people although he does walk in a criss-cross pattern and is quite protective of our cocker spaniel if she wanders off. We have mentioned his anxiety to our vet and they thought is may be due to a urinary infection and took samples for testing but came back negative.
We are concerned with the increased nature of his behaviour and worried that he may become so anxious that he may bite someone in the future. He is also nervous of particular items such as black bowl we have for his dry food.
If he gets to the bottom of the bowl it sits and barks until we tip the biscuits out. He is also nervous of our garbage bin when it is in the dark or other strange or unusual objects that may come up.
We noticed his behaviour change when he was less than 2 years, after we had renovations done. Builders were in and out of the house lot and not always with our supervision. His first fear was of the broom and he still hates it when I pick up the broom or start the vacuum cleaner. He runs from the room with his tail down. My feeling is that he may have been hit with the broom by the builders and thus his anxiety of the broom and also males… He does not respond to females with the same vengeance.
He does not respond in the same way with family members either. He has had a recent health check and the vet is not a good place for him, he runs and pulls to get out. He is stiff and hard to relax. I have used massage and music to keep him calm and taken him for longer walks. He is very energetic.
Does he need more exercise? I am running out of ideas. He is a lovely little dog and it is distressing for all of us to think he may be suffering from anxiety. Some things that have helped my dog in terms of anxiety- 1. Desensitization and counter conditioning exercises. I start with a very weak version of the problem stimulus and slowly build up his tolerance for it in a positive and structured way.
More on how I desensitized my Husky towards loud noises and people. Fixed routine and consistent rules. My dog often gets stressed when there is a lot of uncertainty in his life. Therefore, I try to create as much certainty as possible by setting up a fixed routine, consistent rules, and making him work for the things that he wants Nothing in Life is Free. In this way, he knows exactly what to expect from me, from the other dogs in the household, from other people, and also what I expect from him.
I also try to be very calm and decisive when interacting with my dog, so that he will pick up on that energy and know that he can count on me. When we moved, I took my dog out for longer hikes in very quiet, low stimulus places, where he can be relaxed and enjoy himself exploring the landscape. This also gives him a positive outlet for his nervous energy.
I also play structured games with him at home. Maximize success and minimize failure. I make sure not to expose my dog to situations which he cannot handle. This is important because I am trying to build up his confidence through desensitization and creating a calm environment. The more successes we have, the more confidence he will build. However, bad experiences will undermine that confidence and significantly set back our progress.
I talk more about the things that I do with my dogs in the article above and also here. A bit more on how dogs learn. The documentary was about separation anxiety, but while watching it I got worried about a different problem. I have two toy poodles who are brother and sister both neutered , and the boy poodle Keanu is very very super attached to me. My husband loves both dogs but since Keanu is absolutely just obssessed with me my hubby thinks Keanu wants me all for himself and is even jealous of my hubby.
How can I get Keanu to be more calm and confident that I love him and everything is okay? It seems like he thinks someday I will just not love him and throw him out or something.
I go to work mondays to saturdays, leave the house at 8: I am extra affectionate to both dogs, but because Keanu is bigger than his sister I always feed him or pet him first. The girl poodle Tuna is hardly ever agitated, but almost always calm and happy and sometimes uninterested in me — never have I seen her staring at me unless maybe i called her name.
Both dogs are extremely well behaved, never bark or chew, obedient, pretty timid when seeing other dogs, happy when seeing other humans Keanu gets agitated seeing other women around my age….
With my dogs, there is usually something that triggers their anxiety. Therefore, the first step I take to help them relieve stress is to figure out what are the things that make them anxious. Does he seem anxious then? As I understand it, dogs repeat behaviors that get them good results. Therefore, if we reward certain behaviors such as staring, licking, or following around, with affection or other rewards, then that may encourage a dog to keep repeating those behaviors.
I usually ask my dog for a positive pre-trained behavior e. Sit, Down, Look before giving him a reward. In this way, I redirect the undesirable behavior and reinforce the desirable one. My dogs are also very sensitive to my energy. If I am stressed out or anxious, they will pick up on that and become stressed out themselves. I try to always be calm when interacting with them, I have a fixed routine, a consistent schedule, and I make them work for the things that they want most through positive behavior Nothing is Life is Free program.
More on how dogs learn. Hi is like some advice. We bought home our beautiful husky puppy 3 days ago. I know not long. And she is gorgeous: Nervous behaviour towards my 5 year old daughter growing and Nipping at her. She seems to have calmed a bit my daughter is still a bit scared of her.
Today we took her for her first set of jabs and her microchip. When we went in the room she instantly started whining and backing up. When the vet went to run the chip machine over her and she freaked out and tried to bite the vet. The vet said she was very worried about her behaviour and asked me questions about the breeder. We met them a few times with the mom and dad and they all seemed fine I never saw any nervous behaviour in her.
They did tell me she was a little shy since all the other pups left she was the last to go. The vet even asked if I could give her back As I have two young children. And we just quickly did the vac so she is started her protection. I went through a similar experience with my Shiba Inu puppy. In cases of aggression where there are young children involved, I would get help from a good professional trainer.
Note though that the dog training profession is not well regulated, so when I was looking for a trainer for Sephy, it was not always easy to find a good one who could give us accurate information about dog behavior, and is good with dogs.
Sephy is also sensitive to the energy of the people around him. I make sure that I am always very calm when interacting with him. If I am fearful, nervous, over-excited, or frustrated, he will pick up on that energy, get more stressed himself, and act even more crazy. When he was young, I managed him very carefully.
I used baby gates, leashes, and other management equipment as necessary. I set up a very fixed routine and a very consistent set of rules, including people interaction rules. I supervise all his interactions very closely. In the beginning, I only let him meet with calm people that I know will result in a successful greeting. I also coach people on how to meet him. Often, fearful dogs show aggression because they feel threatened and cornered, and think there are no other alternatives available to them.
I make sure I do not put any of my dogs in this type of situation. In the meantime, I help teach Sephy to be calm around people and build his confidence by doing controlled desensitization exercises. I also did touch exercises and bite inhibition exercises with Sephy.
I always start small and make things positive. I follow the Nothing in Life is Free program with all of my dogs so that they learn that I or people are the source of good stuff, and that they need to work and follow rules for the resources that they want. However, dog behavior is very context dependent.
Therefore, in cases of aggression especially where there are young children around, it is best to get help from a good professional trainer. Hi, we have 8 yr old male Airedale. Very, very severe travel anxiety. Now also afraid of end cycle beep of dishwasher. Have tried dap collar, thundershirt, OTC calming aids, anxiety meds from vet and Prozac, crate and cage. Nothing works for our baby. I talk more about my experiences in the article above and also here. My dog exhibited all the symptoms you are describing.
The valium I use is Clorazepate ….. I have a mixed dog that has anxiety problems that are getting worse. When we leave the house we have to leave through the basement so she goes into her cage, which we dont lock. But we will give her a bone then she is fine. When we go out the front door and give her a bone she will still bark and flip out.
But I just go out through the basement and she is fine. My problem is when we have people over whether it is 1 0r 10 people she barks at me and jumps up on them and makes weird noises and wont settle down, and it is getting worse.
I try to settle her down but nothing works so I lock her in her cage. She will bark but I dont know what else to do.
What do you suggest? I do people desensitization exercises with my dog- http: However, it takes a lot of consistency, repetition, and patience. When people visit, my focus is mostly on training my dog, and I let others in the family entertain our guests. More on dog jumping. With my Husky Lara, sound desensitization exercises helped her with the loud noises from the garbage truck.
During the entire retraining period though, I made sure not to expose Lara to any loud noises that would cause her to spook. The more she goes into panic mode, the more fearful she becomes and the more likely it may become a phobia. The more positive experiences she has, the more confidence she builds and the less fearful she becomes.
With desensitization, I start small and slowly help Lara re-associate the previously scary stimulus garbage truck sound with positive events. I like desensitization because it targets the source of the anxiety, rather than just muting the symptoms. I have a 5 month old Siberian Husky, I am having issues with her while I am gone in the crate. She seems to poop in her crate and then smother it all on the bottom. I talked to the vet and she suggested I block half the crate off so she only has enough room to turn around.
I did that and came home yesterday to her destroying her crate again. I was always told Huskies will not use the bathroom where they stay, but she seems to cover her crate in poop. She is good about listening to me and minding. Sometimes I think she thinks she is the alpha dog though, what kinds of things do I do to prevent that? Spanking on her butt but not too hard, seems to sometimes work. Huskies have a mind of their own and I want to train her the right way.
Any advice is appreciated! Does she only do this when she is alone? Is she fully potty trained otherwise? What is her routine like?
When a dog is overly anxious or stressed, he may poop and pee as a result of that anxiety. In such cases, it is a distress response. Do not scold or punish your dog. Anxious behaviors are not the result of disobedience or spite. They are distress responses! If you punish him, he may become even more upset and the problem could get much worse. This is what I do to help my dog with his separation anxiety.
More on where I go to get information on dog training and dog behavior. I leave her alone and when I come home she chews on her dog bed and on furniture and also on my shoes and just other stuff n the house. I tried having her in a crate but she tries to escape and hurts herself so I decided to just not try the crate anymore. We leave her to roam free n my studio apartment. Just our lab mix girl. Idk what else to try for her because I leave her with toys and a stuffed kong and she still chews Up stuff n my apartment.
SomeOne told me to try giving her benedryl but I have not tried that. Does she only do this chewing behavior when she is alone? If so, it could be due to separation anxiety. I helped my dog get over his separation anxiety by slowly getting him used to alone time.
I first start with very short periods of alone time seconds , and keep repeating until I am sure he is comfortable with it. The more success he had, the more confidence he built, and the more calm he became. The opposite is also true, so I make sure to always maximize successes and minimize bad episodes. More on how I help my dog deal with separation anxiety. Although she was never afraid of storms, in the last year she began trembling and panting during storms so much so that we purchased a thundershirt at the recommendation of our vet, with minimal improvement.
We then noticed she would go up and down into the basement almost compulsively, recently staying in the dark in the basement for long periods of time. Now, she is climbing on furniture in a back room, which she has never ever done before, or she is hiding in a spare bathroom in a part of the house she was never allowed in formerly.
She does seem to sleep at night, and seems relaxed when we awake in the morning, but before very long, she is panting and tembling again, and seems tormented. Do you think medication is needed or would help, or do you have other ideas? This all seems so sudden, and I am now starting to wonder if this is an inevitable part of her aging. Would sincerely appreciate any feedback you might be able to provide. In terms of thunder phobia, Patricia McConnell has some good information on that- http: The only other thing that I can think of is that there is some other physical issue that is causing her to feel pain or to feel more vulnerable and anxious.
My Husky Shania acts in a similar way when she is not feeling well. She will suddenly want to go off to be by herself and hide somewhere safe. When she does that, I know that there is some physical issue. Pain can also cause trembling and panting.
Is she eating normally? Does she seem to be in any pain? When was her last full physical? In some cases, people can register their own dog as a service dog with the help of the National Service Animal Registry. However, to get a service dog from an organization, a person must meet specific criteria. Criteria may include having:. Many people with anxiety issues may not qualify for getting a service dog. However, some of these people may benefit from having an emotional support animal.
Emotional support animals ESA differ from service dogs. While trained service animals perform specific tasks, the law considers ESAs as pets. However, people can still experience tremendous benefits from living with an ESA. ESAs are companion animals that a medical professional thinks will provide support to a person with a mental or physical health difficulty. ESAs do not have the same legal protections that service animals do. However, they do have some protections, such as an exemption from no-pet housing rules.
Those who would like an ESA must get a letter from a licensed mental health professional to say that an animal improves at least one characteristic of their condition. Each dog receives an average of more than hours of training, along with veterinary care, boarding, and grooming. Some people choose to train the dog themselves, with the help of a certified trainer. This option is less expensive, but it can still involve high costs. However, some organizations can help people find service dogs at little or no cost.
This is because they meet some or all the expenses through fundraising. Any breed of dog can become a service dog. The most important factors are the individual dog's temperament, and its ability to complete training.
Service dogs are not the only option for people with an anxiety disorder. The most common ways to cope with the condition are psychotherapy and medication. Psychotherapy helps people to reduce their anxiety symptoms. A common type of therapy for anxiety disorders is cognitive behavioral therapy CBT. People may use medications alone or alongside psychotherapy. These may include antidepressants , anti-anxiety medications, or sedatives.
People with anxiety might consider making some lifestyle changes to help manage their symptoms. Having a service dog can provide a range of benefits to those with anxiety. But it is not always easy to get a service dog, and people must adhere to some strict criteria. Those who wish to get a psychiatric service dog should speak with a licensed mental health professional to see if a service dog would be appropriate for them.
Individuals who experience anxiety but are not eligible for a service dog may instead get an emotional support animal. Other treatments for the condition include talk therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. There are pharmaceuticals available from veterinarians for extreme cases, but to minimize medicating your dog and experiencing any potential side-effects, try these options before going in for a prescription. Exercise can be one of the most important components of helping an anxious dog.
Just as exercise is a great stress reliever for humans, so it is for dogs. Exercise accomplishes a couple of things when helping a dog deal with anxiety. First, it stimulates the production of serotonin, that feel-good chemical that we humans also get when we work out or go for a hike. Second, it gets rid of pent-up energy and tension that can exacerbate anxiety. Burning off all that extra doggy energy every day through a long game of fetch, a hike, running alongside you while you bike or other favorite activities can go a long way toward reducing problems with issues like separation anxiety or nervous tension.
As the saying goes, a good dog is a tired dog. If your dog is nervous because of certain situations, such as fireworks or thunderstorms, or even is nervous about being in a crowd, then distraction can work wonders. Engaging your dog's brain in work will help him focus on you and things he knows, rather than on the unknown around him that's frightening him.
While it isn't the time to begin new training, it is a great time to practice tricks your dog knows and can earn rewards for. Try rewarding your dog with treats for simple commands like sit, stand, lie down, shake, sit up, roll over and other tricks he enjoys. Another possibility, especially for dogs who are highly food motivated, is distracting your dog with puzzle toys like a treat ball or tug jug, or even a frozen Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter.
This can also help him associate frightening things like loud noises or strangers coming over with highly valued rewards, so that the event goes from being scary to being at least tolerable.
The Thundershirt is a popular solution for dog anxiety. It is a tightly fitting garment that wraps around your dog. The idea is that the feeling of continuous pressure can help calm a dog's nerves for things like travel anxiety and, as the name implies, noise anxiety among other issues.
Dog Anxiety Problems – How to Deal with an Anxious Dog
These are common causes of dog anxiety, and these 6 natural solutions can bring dog's case, it's best to consult a homeopathic vet to help treat her condition. That will keep him busy, happy, and too tired to be anxious while you're gone. WebMD Veterinary Reference Reviewed by Amy. Benadryl is commonly prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety in dogs. The antihistamine is known to serve as a mild sedative.