3 Ways To Stop Dachshund Anxiety: Your 7 Sure-Fire Ways to Calm Your Anxious Dachshund

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Separation Anxiety, Sound Anxiety, and Travel Anxiety in Your Dachshund

Life can be stressful for both you and your dachshund if he or she is suffering from anxiety. I personally battled extreme separation anxiety with my dog for two years and successfully overcame it. I’ll share some of the resources and strategies that worked for us in this article.

Your dachshund could be suffering from a variety of anxiety disorders. Anxiety in dachshunds can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Separation Anxiety: Anxiety about being separated from their owner. While you’re gone, your dachshund may pace, drool, bite, or be destructive.
  • Afraid of loud noises such as thunder, fireworks, or a vacuum cleaner
  • Travel Anxiety: Fear of traveling in a moving vehicle or of intimidating environments such as your veterinarian’s office or a boarding kennel.

1. Try CBD Oil for Anxiety in Your Dachshund.

CBD was one of the tools I used to successfully treat my dog’s anxiety. Even though your results may be different, about 67 percent of dog owners polled here said CBD was “extremely effective” or “somewhat effective” at reducing their dog’s anxiety.

In my experience, CBD helped my dog calm down enough to respond positively to the other anxiety-relieving techniques I was using. Always look for a certificate of analysis when purchasing CBD oil to ensure that the product is pure and safe. A product with 0% THC is also a good option.

There are also great CBD treat options for dogs if you don’t want to give your dog an oil tincture.

2. Assist your dachshund in desensitizing to the source of their anxiety.

Desensitizing your dachshund to the source of their fear is an important trigger for treating their anxiety. My dog’s anxiety was triggered, for example, whenever I walked out the door to leave the house. Grabbing your keys or putting on your coat may be the trigger for other dogs.

Start by performing the trigger activity, but then reverse it. I would, for example, take my keys and walk out the door. I’d then return 5 seconds later. Over the course of a week, I did this hundreds of times. My dog eventually became desensitized to the behavior and bored with it.

3. To help with sound anxiety, isolate your dachshund and play loud music.

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Many dachshunds who are afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks find relief in a smaller, more isolated room of the house where loud music can be played.

But if your dog has separation anxiety, it might not be a good idea to leave it alone in a room during this time.

4. Attempt to use a compression wrap (available in many sizes and will fit your Dachshund).

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The sensation of compression across the body is soothing to many dogs. The Thundershirt is a popular product that many people have had success with (available on Amazon). Many puppies find the product reassuring because it applies gentle, calming pressure. According to the company, about 80% of dogs who tried the product found it to be helpful. Your dachshund can be calmed without training or medicine when there are fireworks, thunder, separation, travel, or trips to the vet.

4. Give your Dachshund a supplement made of herbs that help calm animals, like chamomile, passion flower, ginger root, or Valerian root.

There are many calming supplements for dogs that are palatable to dogs, easy to feed, and can help relieve stress and provide a sense of safety and calm to your dachshund quickly. Calming herbs like chamomile, passion flower, ginger root, and valerian root can be found in some supplements. Some products, like this bacon-flavored soft chew for dogs, include all of the calming herbs in one package.

5. Try out a Dachshund Pheromone Diffuser.

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The calming pheromone that a mother dog emits while nursing her puppies is replicated by canine pheromone diffusers. In stressful situations, the diffuser can help many dogs feel calmer and more at ease.

The ThunderEase diffuser, which is also available on Amazon, is made by the same company that makes the Thundershirt.

6. Take a supplement containing L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine, or melatonin to help with anxiety.

The amino acids L-Tryptophan and L-Theanine, both of which have calming properties and increase the release of “feel good” serotonin in your dog’s body, are also common ingredients in anti-anxiety supplements. In addition, some calming products for dogs contain a small amount of melatonin, which can help them sleep better and more consistently. All of these ingredients can be found in chews such as this one.

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7. calm – using your own scent and sound to calm your Dachshund.

Using your own scent and sound to help calm your dog is, in my experience, a very effective strategy for dealing with anxiety. By chance, I came across this with my own dog one day.

If I left the house, my dog would usually go into a panic. However, one day I had to make a long phone call and had to leave my dog outside my bedroom door while I left. She lay calmly next to the door during the call, where she could clearly smell and hear me. It occurred to me that I could use this strategy even if I wasn’t at home.

I used a CD player to record my voice and then looped it. Then I put a used t-shirt on the inside of the door, right where she could smell it. I was surprised to find that I was able to leave the house for a short period of time. (I was watching her through a video camera.) I gradually increased the amount of time I was gone, and she left calm and sincere in her belief that I was just behind the door!

Go here to read the full story of how I overcame my dog’s severe separation anxiety.

Summary

It is possible to overcome your dachshund’s anxiety, but each dog’s journey will be unique. I hope you find the tools and strategies listed above helpful on your journey.

Learn more about the CBD oil and calming chews we use at iHeartDogs by clicking the links below.

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Combine the CBD oil above with the calming chews below for the best results. Between the two supplements, they have 10 natural and active ingredients that can help calm your dog without the use of drugs.

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