Here are some tips for handling separation anxiety in dogs. You no doubt know if your dog has it. He may whine, pace, bark a lot, destroy things (including sofas and carpets) and so on, when you are gone. Even though he is housebroken, he may eliminate in the house. Of course, the problem can exist at various levels of severity; our LarryDog does have some signs at times but it’s relatively mild.
 Always be low-key about your comings and goings. No big emotional scenes! Both when you leave and when you return, this is important. Leave with a calm “See you soon!” and make your homecoming rather matter of fact too. (If you are emotional yourself, just show it as little as possible at this point.)
 In some cases, having another dog may help, though I wouldn’t get one just for that reason. We did have separation anxiety problems from our Basenji, Sunbeam, right after her long-time buddy Teddy Bear died. She thoroughly destroyed a curtain one day and there were other problems. She got better over a couple of months, gradually. Once LarryDog came into the family, after six months of Sunbeam being an “only dog,” her separation anxiety disappeared completely.
 Consider medications or herbal supplements if appropriate.Here is a good herbal aid for dog anxiety:
 Know your dog well enough to know if crating is helpful or not. If a dog panics while in a crate, it’s not good but for some dogs, the confinement in their little den is actually comforting.
 Give your dog an unwashed t-shirt that you have worn, for him to have your scent with him. I usually put something like this right in my dog’s bed when we leave for a trip.
You can use a variety of positive training methods to get your dog accustomed to your being away. For example, use a sit-stay or down-stay where you go out of sight and even out of the building. Leave home and then come back in a few minutes.
Separation anxiety can be a very serious problem; don’t hesitate to get help from good trainers or veterinarians if you need to.