Calming Products to Help Dogs Handle Separation Anxiety, Holiday Stress & More
Compression vests, pheromone sprays, and CBD oil are game-changers.
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When I adopted my toothless, six-year-old Dachshund, Moose, last May I thought I was prepared for anything. I set up a pee pad on my balcony, got plenty of gum-friendly toys and treats, and already loved him unconditionally. But nothing could prepare me for my biggest hurdle upon adopting him: separation anxiety.
If left by himself for even a minute Moose would bark, scream, and claw at his crate. Neighbors complained, my roommate fled to her parent’s house, and I was chained to my home for months until we were able to figure out a solution. Six months later, I’m happy to report that Moose and I are making major progress with his separation anxiety. In that time we tried every product out there marketed for the condition. Here’s what actually helped us — ranked in order of least to most effective — and can hopefully help you too.
Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out.
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Rebecca Caplan is a writer based in Brooklyn whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Reductress, and Vulture. She lives in Brooklyn with her perfect, toothless dog Moose.