Separation Anxiety
Let's stop the panic! 

Chewed up door frames and rugs? Complaints from neighbors about your dog barking and howling all day? Accidents on the carpet and on the couch? Are you tired of worrying about your dog when you leave the house? Are you exhausted from the weight of the guilt you feel when you turn the deadbolt?

You’re not alone. Millions of dogs across the globe suffer from separation anxiety. These dogs are so afraid being left alone that they can attempt to chew their way out of crates and doors. Some dogs are so terrified that they will even jump through plate-glass windows to get outside.

 

Needless to say, separation anxiety can be an incredibly debilitating problem for those dogs and for the people who live with them and love them.

But there is good news: separation anxiety is treatable.

 

By using the same methods psychologists employ to help people overcome their fears, we can little-by-little teach your pup that being left alone is not scary.

Can you imagine it? After completing the training, when left alone — rather than running around in terror, barking, howling, and peeing — your once-petrified pup casually strolls to a comfy spot on the couch and takes a nap!

How the Training Works

Imagine you are afraid of spiders and you turn to a psychologist to help you overcome that fear. The first thing you will do is determine where you are comfortable being around spiders — before the fear kicks in. Can you sit 10 feet away from a spider in a tank? Can you touch a picture of a spider? Can you even just look at a picture of a spider?

 

Let’s say you can handle being 10 feet away from a spider in a tank. That’s your starting point. You’ll sit on a comfy chair in a quiet room with soothing music playing. When you are completely relaxed 10 feet away, you’ll inch a little closer, and find your Zen state of mind from that distance. Little by little you’ll work your way closer to the tank, but you’ll only do so as long as you are feeling at ease.

 

We follow the exact same method when training dogs with separation anxiety. We figure out how much time they can handle being alone, and then we gradually increase that duration while the pup stays relaxed.

Go at the Dog’s Pace

The key to it all is going at the dog’s pace. Let’s look at our spider example again. Say you’ve made your way five feet closer to the tank, and you’re feeling really good about your progress. What do you think will happen if someone comes in and dumps a bucket of spiders over your head?

 

Yep. We heard your scream from across the internet. You’d have an absolute panic attack, and on top of that, you’d likely have to start the entire training process over. Actually, your fear might end up worse than it was when you began, and now you have to start 20 feet away this time. To succeed, you have to move only as quickly or as slowly as you personally can handle.

 

The same is true when training dogs with separation anxiety. We have to go at their pace —always making sure they are still relaxed while we increase the time you are away and never pushing them too fast.

21st Century Technology

With the aid of easy-to-use video conferencing and recording software on your phone, computer, and/or tablet, you will be able to watch your pup in real time when he or she is home alone, so that we can customize individualized training plans for you each day.

Help for Both Your Dog and You!

We are there for you every step of the way, to help you and your pup get to the other side of this condition. Our scientifically proven training method has helped dogs all over the world recover from this phobia, so that they and their families can finally feel peace — whether they are together or not.

How to Get Started

Please take a moment to fill out this contact form. Once we receive it, we will schedule a complementary 30-minute video conference to learn about your dog and give you more information about how the training program works.

Claudine Prud'homme, CTC, CSAT, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

claudine@thelearneddog.com

Montréal, Québec

Crédits photos : Chantal Lévesque Photo

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