WHAT IS SEPARATION ANXIETY?
One of Canine Companion Consulting’s specialties is Separation Anxiety. Separation Anxiety is a very common behavioral concern in dogs. Studies vary, but indicate that up to 20% of all dogs have separation anxiety on some level1 and account for up to 40% of dogs referred to trainers or behaviorists2. Separation anxiety can manifest itself in many ways. Symptoms of separation anxiety can be but is not limited to inappropriate elimination, destroying things within the household, barking, whining, panting and not being able to settle when the pet parent is not present. Some dogs are attached to a particular person and some dogs just need someone or another animal present. Not only can it be extremely stressful for the dog, but also for the pet parents.
I SUSPECT MY DOG HAS SEPARATION ANXIETY, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
We highly recommend that all pet parents video their dog when they are left alone to see what the dog does in your absence. Use your smart phone, iPad or laptop to video. The video will confirm if your dog is stressed when left alone and we can also see what your dog’s baseline behaviors are. Email us to send you a link to send us a video.
If you have confirmed that your dog is anxious when alone, try not to leave your dog during the treatment phase. Daycare and having your dog stay with friends and family are possible options.
The good news is that separation anxiety is very treatable. However, the process does take time. Canine Companion Consulting provides remote training for dogs that have Separation Anxiety and Distress. You will have the support of a qualified trainer in the comfort of your home at your convenience. We use simple technology to bring the training to your home. Once you make an appointment with us, we will provide you with a written document after each training session that contains the treatment protocols and our evaluation. We are also available in between scheduled appointments to answer your questions to be a resource and support to you.
We highly recommend that you journal daily so you can see your progress and it will help us determine how to proceed at our next session.
Join our Facebook support group for pet parents dealing with separation anxiety.
Packages For Absent Pet Parent Training
Initial Consultation is $70.00
Six hours of remote training is $480.00
Register here to sign up for your first session of your Remote Training package. All training sessions must be completed within one year of purchase.
1 Kahler, S. Separation anxiety calls for specific diagnosis, treatment, JAVMA News, Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. September 15, 2018. https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180915f.aspx
2 Wright JC, Nesselrote MS. Classification of behavior problems in dogs: distributions of age, breed, sex, and reproductive status. Appl Anim Behav Sci 1987;19:169-178.