Combine CBD with other anxiety treatments
CBD oil for dogs almost always works better when paired with other anxiety reduction therapies.
Likewise, replacing traditional training techniques with CBD is unlikely to be as effective as combining both into one treatment plan.
In other words, CBD should never be the only thing you try when it comes to an anxious dog. Behavior modification, crate training, and desensitization are all proven ways to treat separation anxiety.
Here, CBD may help increase training uptake, reducing the effort needed for the new routines to bed-in.
- Daily CBD dose + Counter-conditioning
Dogs with milder cases of ongoing separation anxiety can be receptive to treatment with daily CBD supplementation alongside some simple counterconditioning and desensitizing measures.
Counterconditioning is a training process that starts by defining what situations provoke a pet’s negative response, then slowly builds out positive connotations for each aspect of those situations.
Research suggests four main trigger categories for canine separation anxiety:
- A need to avoid something in the home
- desire to reach something outside the home
- external noises or events, or
If you live alone with your dog and can’t find somebody to observe your dog’s behavior when you leave, consider investing in a webcam. That way, you can playback footage recorded during your absence and find out what exactly triggers your pup.
- Daily CBD dose + Breaking associations
Once the triggers of your dog’s separation anxiety have been identified, it’s time to break those negative associations in two ways:
- CBD supplementation to help dogs become desensitized to triggers.
- Introduction of treats, toys, or other positive stimuli to reassociate triggers.
Positive associations can be developed in different ways depending on the trigger. If it’s a certain noise that normally only occurs as you leave the house (keys jangling, doors closing), you might gradually habituate your dog to that sound at other points in the day.
Another popular method is to give your dog a lengthy puzzle or activity every time you leave. This could be a bone or a toy stuffed with food. Aim for activities that last over 20 minutes to keep your pup absorbed for a decent period of time.