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I way have more experience with separation anxiety than I wish to have. It is not something that will go away on its own and it will never fully be cured. Google separation behavior modifications and start there. Some of the things mentioned above are included in that. Ignore 10-15 minutes before leaving the house and 10-15 mins when coming home. No "Oh bye baby" or "HIIII I missed you!" TV or radio on might help. Light on if its dark may help. Special toys that only come out when you leave. A kong that's filled with frozen peanut butter or something along those lines. Also, a complete vet check never hurts just to rule out some sort of medical issue that is just popping up in a goofy way. Also, desensitization is key. Make the actions involved in leaving be no big deal so your pup doesn't start to get worked up. Put your coat on and then sit down. Pick up your keys and carry them around the house for 10 minutes. Anything that signals you are about to leave needs to become no big deal. Eventually, start working up the time you leave. Leave for 3 minutes. Come back. Leave for 15 minutes. Etc. Also, make sure the pup goes out right before you leave so that they don't have any anxiety about trying to hold it while your gone. Also, a tired pup is a happy pup! This isn't an overnight fix but if you stick to it you should see results.
We went through severe SA with one of our retired greyhounds. It started with peeing occasionally and then chewing and quickly escalated into hell. I could not leave the house for 10 minutes without her peeing/pooping in her crate and then rolling in it, whining, hurting herself on the crate, etc. Hopefully, for you, behavior modification will be enough. For us it wasn't. We tried EVERYTHING. Anxiety shirts, essential oils, calming pheromones, lights on, lights off, radio on, radio off, in the crate, out of the crate, muzzle on, muzzle off, kongs, no kongs, melatonin and benadryl. We had to add a drug from the vet, Reconcile. An 8 week course of that in combination with behavior modification finally worked. The behavior modification is a life time change, though. Not that it really takes and work.
It sounds like you caught this early and have a young pup so you should be able to fix this with the behavior approach. Feel free to PM me if you need more information!