Does your dog experience anxiety when left at home?
- Are the neighbors complaining of constant barking or whining?
- Is there damage near your windows or doors?
- Are you finding potty accidents when you return home?
- Does your dog greet you as though they haven’t seen you in months when you return after work?
- Does your dog follow you around as if they are attached by a tether?
- Does your dog chew up your things when you leave him home alone?
- Do you think your dog is guilty when you return?
- Do you think he is angry at you for leaving?
- Have you noticed the carpet being wet when you return, but your dog didn’t have an accident?
- Does your dog seem to be panting heavily when you return?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your dog may be experiencing some form of home alone issues, often referred to as Separation Anxiety.
What is Separation Anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a panic disorder that occurs when the dog is left home alone (or at its extreme, separated from his most coveted human). Separation anxiety can be triggered by a wide range of things including moving to a new home, loss of a family member, traumatizing experience, sudden change in the families schedule, loss or arrival of a new pet, being re-homed, etc. Unfortunately, it does not get better with time, it usually gets worse. (For a quick glance into the heart of a dog with separation anxiety, click here.)
Can Separation Anxiety be resolved?
YES! Separation anxiety is treatable. Myself and a handful of other trainers have earned their Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) credentials. This is the highest qualification given to trainers who want to work with dogs that have issues being left home alone. We treat each dog as an individual and can work with you and your dog no matter where you are located.
What are the Steps to Getting Started?
1. Complete the Prospective Client Questionnaire
This form is fairly brief, but it provides us with just the right information to prepare us for our first online meeting together.
2. We schedule a 20 minute FREE phone consultation.
Once your completed Prospective Client Questionnaire is received, we will contact you to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your case and determine the best way to proceed. This consultation is done over the phone and takes approximately 20 minutes.
3. Create a Customized Plan for Your Dog
Our next step is to set up a time to meet where I can observe your dog remotely during an absence. During this absence, I will be able to assess your dog’s pattern of behaviors and determine his/her individual threshold. After we discuss this brief absence and what I was able to observe and what this means to us, we will discuss your goals for future absences. Based on this information I will create a road map that will lead us down the path to having a dog that is more comfortable when left home alone and for meeting your goals for him/her.Let's Get Started