Just like human beings, puppies experience separation anxiety. There are very many causes of separation anxiety. It might be because of abuse by the previous owner, a naturally nervous personality, being abandoned at an early age, the move to a new home, lack of proper socialization and many possible causes. Whatever might be triggering your puppy’s anxiety is best handled when first diagnosed and understood. For these distinct causes, there are distinct means of curing the anxiety. This article describes options for effectively treating your puppy’s anxiety holistically.

There are a number of ways of solutions that works fast and effectively. Your treatment options depend on the severity of the anxiety.

Serious cases of separation anxiety may require a veterinarian. Your veterinarian may have some medications that work well in calming down the puppy. For these medications to work optimally you need to combine the drugs with training. Training and medication treatments must be combined to ensure your dogs underlying behavior problem is resolved.

One important training principle is called counter conditioning. Counter conditioning takes your puppies negative experiences and turns them into positive ones. For instance, when you walk to the door to leave, your puppy gets nervous. To avoid these situations, practice going to the door without leaving, and do this a lot, until the dog doesn’t associate the door with you leaving.

When treating your dog, do your best to avoid situations which cause the underlying anxiety. Learn about your puppy identify any other causes of anxiety so that you can initiate remedial measures. Teach your puppy to calm down by rewarding calm behavior with attention. Ignore anxious behavior.