Separation Anxiety Training
How it works
Initial Assessment (required)
We start with a 1-hour video consultation and live assessment to determine if your dog has separation anxiety and establish a starting point for training. We’ll discuss how the program works, what to expect from the training, and answer your questions. If it’s not separation anxiety, we’ll outline training options to help with the behavior issue.
4-Week Training Program
During the week, you’ll perform 5 easy, 30-minute exercises designed to get your dog used to you leaving. We’ll systematically build up to longer absences. With step-by-step guidance, you’ll feel supported at every step of your journey with your dog.
Once a week, we’ll meet to re-assess your dog’s behavior and use our meeting as an opportunity to check in with you as well – ensuring you’re feeling motivated and confident in your dog’s progress.
Initial Assessment – required
60-90 minute live video meeting
Live absence assessment
Overview of the program
Recording of our meeting
4-Week Training Program
Weekly 30 minute live video assessment and check-in session
Daily customized training exercises with tracking system (up to 5 days a week)
Daily review and feedback on your training sessions
Weekly support via messaging to help you as questions come up
Ready to start leaving the house stress-free?
Is it Separation Anxiety?
The most common indicators of separation anxiety are (a dog may have some or all of these):
- Vocalizing – barking, whining, howling
- Panting, Salivating, Yawning
- Destructiveness, typically around doors and windows, in an attempt to escape
- House soiling (when otherwise house trained)
There are other reasons a dog might do these things. For example, frustrated dogs may also become destructive and vocal when alone. Dogs who are not completely house trained or have a medical issue may have accidents when you’re gone.
While treating separation anxiety is a process of helping dogs feel safe when alone, frustrated dogs can usually be helped with some modifications to their daily routine and environment. I can help in either case.
How long will it take?
Sadly, there is no way to predict how long it can take for a dog to feel safe when alone. Every dog is different, and progress depends on many factors. You can expect the process to be slow at first, with ups and downs along the way. It’s best to think in terms of months, not weeks. The training exercises are done 4-5 times a week and take about 30 minutes each day. I’ll be here to help you along the way and celebrate milestones as your dog makes progress.
Is all the training done remotely?
Yes. Today’s technology makes it easy to monitor and record your dog while you do the departure exercises. You’ll need a smart phone, desktop or laptop with stable internet access, webcam or security camera you can view and record on your phone. Don’t worry I’ll help you get things up and running if needed.