8 Calming Products That Help My Dog’s Anxiety
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Editor’s Note: Even if your pup doesn’t normally suffer from separation anxiety, Fourth of July fireworks can traumatize the most cool, calm, and collected of dogs. Noise sensitivity can affect their mental and physical well-being—these effective calming products will allow you to enjoy the holiday and have peace of mind that your pet is safe and sound at home.
When I adopted my toothless Dachshund, Moose, 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. A year later, I’m happy to report that Moose and I are making major progress with his separation anxiety. I tried every product out there marketed for the condition, so I compiled a list of what actually helped him—and can hopefully help you too. Here are the eight best calming aid for dogs with separation anxiety.
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. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)
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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.