1. Stay calm yourself
When in the midst of experiencing fear or panic; the dog may interpret cuddling as a reward for its behavior. Try not to make eye contact, cuddle, or show your dog that you’re making a big deal out of the situation.
If you need to leave the house, do it calmly. This assures him that it is okay for you to be away for a while and there is nothing to be stressed over. Make sure that your dog is calm and not in an aggressive state before you leave.
2. Don’t punish
Don’t punish, lock them out or raise your voice if your dog display any sign of anxiety. This may worsen the situation or make them more anxious. Distract your dogs instead. Play with them with their favorite toy or play classical music.
3. Desensitization and Counter-conditioning
Counter-conditioning is training the dog to perform a positive behavior in place of the negative behavior. Desensitization is the repeated, controlled exposure to the stimulus that usually causes a fearful or anxious response in such a way that the dog does not respond with the undesirable response.
For example, teach your dog to sit and stay, and when your dog performs appropriately you can reward him appropriately. These methods are most effective if the anxiety is treated early.
4. Start early
Expose dogs to a variety of social situations and environments when they are young puppies (up to the time they are 14 weeks of age) to decrease the likelihood of fearful behavior.
5. Use herbal medicines
Give your dog a calming supplement that will help them cope with stress and relieve anxiety. Look for products that are natural to avoid adverse reactions from synthetic drugs. Most of all choose the one with an excellent quality.
Chamomile, Passion Flower, Ginger root and L-Tryptophan are some of nature’s helpers in relieving stress and anxiety in dogs.