Punishment isn’t effective for treating separation anxiety and can make the situation worse.
Getting your dog a companion usually doesn’t help an anxious dog because their anxiety is the result of their separation from you, not just the result of being alone.
Will getting another dog help my nervous dog?
Help Ease Separation Anxiety
One way to reduce your dog’s separation anxiety is by bringing a second dog into the family. The dogs will keep each other company while you’re away from your home, and give each other the emotional support and attention they need to stay calm, cool, and collected.
Do dogs benefit from having another dog?
The Benefits of Having Two Dogs
It can even help with separation anxiety. When dogs are young, having another dog around can also help with emotional development, and a well-behaved older dog can help a younger dog catch on to the rules of your household.
How can I help my dog with anxiety?
If the Problem Is Mild …
- Give your dog a special treat each time you leave (like a puzzle toy stuffed with peanut butter).
- Make your comings and goings low-key without a lot of greeting.
- Leave some recently worn clothes out that smell like you.
- Consider giving your pet over-the-counter natural calming supplements.
Will a second dog help with boredom?
One benefit of having two is that they’ll keep each other company. If the dogs get along well, the companionship will prevent boredom. They’ll be occupied, which means the dogs will have less time for bad behaviors, such as chewing things they aren’t supposed to.