Separation Anxiety Training
Let me help you get back your freedom!
Separation anxiety is a serious condition.
You will likely already know how restraining this condition can be on your family and dog. You lose control and freedom in your life due to this condition, and your dog is always in a state of pure fear when left alone, but many dogs also start this process before you even leave the house!
Does it sound familiar that picking up your keys results in dog drooling and pacing? Putting on your shoes will begin the sad dog expressions and whining?
If this sounds like you, you're in the right spot! Continue reading.
What is Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
Separation anxiety is an umbrella term applied broadly to many behaviour conditions in dogs (Naismith J., 2019).
However, the strict definition of this anxiety is when dogs (or cats) are left alone, they go into a state of panic or even terror, with severe cases (McConnell P., 2000).
Common behaviour signs of separation anxiety are: howling, panting, pacing, whining, barking, drooling, and destroying the home through chewing and escape attempts, which can lead to serious dog injury (McConnell P., 2000).
There are many other behaviour cues of separation anxiety, and most dogs only show a handful of these behaviours. However, all those affected by this condition are in the same state of fear and panic.
Cats can and do get Separation anxiety. Their behaviour signs are similar to dogs, but some distinct differences exist (Radosta, L., & Fagen, A., 2017). If you have a cat with separation anxiety, I can still help. The light package or cat training services will likely better fit you.
Why train with me to help your dog?
You can indeed continue to manage the situation as you are now.
However, what if an emergency comes up and you need someone to watch your dog last minute? Wouldn't it be nice to reduce the money going into daycare, pet sitting, and noise complaint fines? What about the freedom to go out and see your friends and family without having to schedule every minute in detail?
I can give you all of this by helping your dog.
There is a type of training with a high success rate that can give you back your freedom and give your dog and you back your happy, carefree lives. It's completely fear-free, force-free and works with many dogs!
The main reason to work with me is that I use this evidence-based method used by separation anxiety specialists, which works!
Let me help you save money on day care, veterinary fees, home repairs, and unproven remedies by helping your dog over-come their separation anxiety with training that has produced real results for many pet owners just like yourself!
Not ready to decide? Try some free training first!
You have likely gone through many so-called cure-alls for separation anxiety that have failed at this stage. It's entirely reasonable to be sceptical and take some time to decide.
While you're doing that, why not try out some of the free online training I offer?
Some of you may even find the tips in this training are all you need!
You've had a look at the training and still need help or have questions?
Book a free 15-minute consultation after filling in the intake form, and ask about the services offered and any other general questions. No commitment is necessary.
Are you looking for something more ongoing to cover separation anxiety and more?
Follow the Shaggy Dog Facebook page. Weekly live videos are posted on training-related issues and regular helpful training links in the feed. On top, a lot of cute client dog and cat pictures are posted. Nothing better to brighten the day than cute pictures of pets, right?
References: 1) McConnell P., 2000. I'll Be Home Soon! How to prevent and treat separation anxiety. pp. 2-3. 2) Naismith, J., 2019. "I'll be Right Back! How to overcome your dog's separation anxiety and gain your freedom back. 3) Radosta, L., & Fagen, A. 2017. Today's Veterinary Practice: "Separation-Related Disorders and the Differences Between Dogs and Cats".