When your dog suffers from anxiety, it can hard on both you and your pup — you don't want your furry BFF to suffer, and, more importantly, an anxious dog is not a happy dog. So, it's crucial that you take the condition seriously and do everything you can to reduce your dog's stressors. While talking to your vet is the best way to start the process of combatting your pup's anxiety, there are also a lot of over-the-counter options that can help. Much like there are stress balls and toys for people, there are dog toys geared towards anxious dogs.
Reducing your dog's separation anxiety and general state of unrest could be as easy as upgrading your toy chest. According to studies, exercising your dog is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety. The less nervous energy your dog has, the less your dog will fret. In addition to increased exercise, toys that create a need for focus or toys that have a calming capability are great instruments to have around.
Here I've rounded up some of the best toys on the market for anxious dogs. Before you try one, check with your vet to make sure that it's right for your dog, as not all anxiety disorders and behaviors are the same.