7. Promote Independence
To help your dog handle stress, you must discourage neediness. This can be done by gradually promoting independence.
For instance, introduce new activities and toys and teach your dog to settle down and engage in activities without you. There is no need for your dog to hover around you. You canine friend should learn to keep himself engaged, even if there is no one around him.
If needed, install baby gates throughout the house, so you can move from room to room freely without your dog always being able to follow. This will train your dog to remain calm when you are not nearby and handle separation better.
8. Touch Therapy
Touch therapy is one of the best ways that you can use to help ease your dog’s stress. Touch is reassuring to dogs and raises their confidence level.
Cuddle your furry friend and give him a nice massage to help soothe and calm him down. You can also massage your dog to help him feel relaxed.
Reward your dog with a treat and praise him when he responds positively to your efforts. But no matter what, don’t punish your dog if he doesn’t respond well. That will only worsen the situation and make him more stressed out.