First, I'm no expert. I have not been trained in dealing with separation anxiety in dogs. What I have is a Greyhound, Twiggy, who has/had separation anxiety. I say both has and had because I believe separation anxiety is something you manage, not necessarily cure. It can definitely be minimized, but if not always managed it will probably rear it's ugly head over and over.
I get asked a lot about what I did to help Twiggy (and myself) with her separation anxiety, so I'll be sharing a few tips that worked for me over the upcoming weeks. I can't promise they will work for everyone. This is just what I did to help, and for me, it did work.
My first tip to share is to remove the triggers. Triggers are the events that occur which set off a dog's separation anxiety (my definition, not Webster's). Twiggy had several triggers and I chose to work on each one individually. Her biggest one was keys. Whenever she heard keys she would start to get nervous. To her, the sound of keys signaled that we were leaving. She was going to be alone. Grabbing my purse and coat were also triggers, but we worked on keys first.