Do any of these sound familiar?
- Neighbor complaints about non stop barking
- Coming home to urine and feces accidents
- Returning to scratched doors, windows, and chewed carpets
- Coming home to a stressed, panicked dog
- Feeling guilty when you leave in the morning
- Worrying all day about what you’ll find in the evening
Why is this happening?
It’s really important that we understand that separation anxiety is just that—anxiety. Your dog isn’t doing this to be naughty or to annoy you, they are suffering from an anxiety disorder. They are panicked at being left alone, and all the barking, whining, scratching, chewing, self harm, etc is not within their control.
Causes Of Separation Anxiety
No one is entirely sure what causes anxiety in dogs, but just like people- some are born more nervous or have a genetic predisposition toward anxiety. Even within the same litter- every sibling is slightly different. And sometimes it just comes out of nowhere- a dog that was previoulsy fine with being alone, can suddenly become anxious with a sudden schedule change- such as the end of lockdown!!
Will It Go Away If I Do Nothing?
Unfortunately, no. Like a human anxiety issue, professional help is required to make this easier on your dog and give them the skills they need to cope.
What About If I Get Another Dog To Keep My Dog Company?
Sadly this doesn’t works. Separation anxiety is seperation from their people. Bringing in a new dog can sometimes make things worse.
Treating Separation Anxiety
There is good news. Anxious dogs can learn to be alone. But it isn’t a quick process and it does require a commitment to seeing a careful training plan all the way through.
PERSONALIZED SEPERATION ANXIETY PLAN
Separation Anxiety training is done 100% remotely for clients anywhere in the world. This allows you to not only trian in the comfort of your own home, but also keep the environment as stress-free and relaxed as possible.
The Home Alone Package
I’ll create a customized training program for your dog, setting goals to maximize your dog’s progress by providing step-by-step support for you all along the way.
Each Package includes:
- 8 hours of trainer support
- Weekly video assessments
- Individualized training plans designed specifically for your dog
- Ongoing support