10 Tech Products to Help Your Dog's Anxiety

From app-triggered treat dispensers to a canine radio, home tech can help calm your pup when you're not home.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
February 02, 2018

Dogs can stress out just like humans. They're creatures of schedule and routine. And when that gets derailed by something as simple as a thunderstorm or you picking up your keys to leave, they panic. There isn't a magic wand for curbing dog anxiety. It requires patience and lots of positive reinforcement training. However, new tech is helping pup parents provide calming, supplemental training at home. If you've got a nervous dog, check out these top products.

Loud Noises

On the Fourth of July, you hear fireworks in the distance. Your dog hears the apocalypse and imminent doom from the giant meteors that must be crashing down to Earth. Dogs have much better hearing than humans. Normal to us sounds like an 11 for them. Loud sounds, such as thunderstorms or construction, terrify them. If you've tried tight storm vests to no avail, try ZenCrate. This smart bed creates a soothing environment for your pup with a vibration-reducing platform, noise-canceling insulation and motion-activated fans.

Doggie Entertainment 

Dogs are social creatures and they don't like being left alone. Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Gilliam says the most common dog stressor she sees is separation anxiety. "Leave music or the TV on so it sounds like someone is home," she advised. Studies have shown that classical music, especially the piano, has a calming effect on canines.

The Pet Tunes speaker by Pet Acoustics comes with pre-loaded songs featuring the optimal frequencies and decibel-level for dogs. The Bluetooth speaker is small, making it great for travel. If you don't want to buy a speaker, you can also play free playlists on Spotify on your existing sound system.

If music isn't enough, let your dog watch TV. DogTV is a channel just for pups with programming specifically designed to calm your pup, as well as give critical mental stimulation to combat loneliness during the day. If you don't have cable, you can stream on Roku and Amazon Fire Stick.

Thinker Toys 

Dog toys serve a purpose. They're designed to help pups work out their instinctual behaviors. Chew toys give dogs a safe outlet for chewing, and plushies give dogs comfort to snuggle. Most pup parents stock up on this toy category because plushies are cute and Instagram well, but it's important to buy toys from the "thinker" category, too. These toys are designed to give dogs physical exercise as well as mental stimulation, which, paired together, keep dogs happy and out of trouble.

iFetch makes it easy to play fetch inside with an automatic ball launcher. PupPod uses light and sound sensors in interactive puzzles. These games are great to help your dog burn off excess energy before you leave for the day.

If you work from home and need to stay on your laptop or take a conference call without a pup howling from the next room, GoBone is a godsend. The app-controlled bone allows you to move the toy and play with your dog from afar.

Chatting

Having a dog with anxiety probably gives you anxiety, too. If you want to check in on your pup, there are several dog cameras on the market that allow parents to interact with pets from work or on the go.

PetCube's HD home camera allows you to see and talk to your dog from your phone. And premium camera PetChatz has additional features like aromatherapy and PawCall. The button allows your dog to call you!

If you're not a fan of mounting anything to the wall, Furbo's design is discreet and easily moveable. And the app-triggered camera can launch treats for your dog while you're away.

Keep Reading

Next Up

10 Pet (and Pet-Loving People) Products That Give Back

Go ahead — splurge on yourself and your four-legged friends! These goodies benefit you and needy creatures around the country.

25+ Home Tech Prime Day Deals to Snag if You Didn't Win HGTV Smart Home 2018

You may not have been lucky enough to win HGTV's Smart Home 2018, but you can still live in the smart home of your dreams with these gadgets that will make life a whole lot easier.

10 Home Air Purifiers for Every Budget

Bacteria, allergens, dust mites — say buh-bye! It's time to get all those germs and pollutants out of your house for good. We've got 10 of the best air purifiers to try in your home for every budget.

10 Shoppables to Inspire Your Little Chef

Teaching kids the joy of cooking is a skill they'll use for the rest of their lives. Start your mini sous chef's culinary journey with these tools that'll make time in the kitchen feel like child's play.

The 10 Hottest Celebrity Cookbooks of the Year

Celebs: they're just like us! They love to eat, and as it turns out, they're cooks, too. These multitasking artists have turned their creative skills to the kitchen and are sharing their favorite recipes, family stories and cooking secrets with their fans.

Prep for Back-to-School Lunches With 10 Cool Finds

School bells will be ringing before you know it. Get set for another great year with these awesome finds for your kiddo's lunch.

10 Design Collabs We Can't Get Enough Of

Brands are really embracing the design influencer scene — welcome to the club, guys. They're teaming up with influencers and bloggers to create cool collab lines, and the result is magical. We love this trend, and we've chosen 10 of our recent faves.

Our Favorites From Reese Witherspoon's Crate & Barrel Holiday Picks

You can’t go wrong spreading holiday cheer, especially if it’s Witherspoon-approved.

According to Designers, These 10 Buys Are Worth the Splurge

We all love a good bargain, but sometimes it's worth spending a bit of extra cash when it comes to your home. We checked in with 10 design influencers to see what's on their splurge list.

On TV

Desert Flippers

7:30am | 6:30c

Desert Flippers

8:30am | 7:30c

Desert Flippers

9:30am | 8:30c

Flip or Flop

10am | 9c

Flip or Flop

10:30am | 9:30c

Flip or Flop

11am | 10c

Flip or Flop

11:30am | 10:30c

Flip or Flop

12pm | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flip or Flop

1pm | 12c

Flip or Flop

1:30pm | 12:30c
2pm | 1c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Love It or List It

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.