Researchers estimate that up to 20% of dogs become distressed to the point of panic when left alone. This distress is usually referred to as separation anxiety. A puppy or dog who panics when left alone may:
You — as well as your dog — need peace of mind
Separation anxiety is equally hard on a dog’s guardians. You may wonder when you go out “What will happen this time?” Will your dog chew up the furnishings or bark nonstop to the point where the neighbors leave notes on your door and your landlord threatens eviction?
My own dog has recovered from separation anxiety. Here’s a typical “before” picture upon our return.
Separation anxiety is similar to a panic attack in a human. The veterinarian-recommended treatment for separation-related disorders is “systematic desensitization.”
We’ll work together to teach your dog that your leaving the house is no big deal. We start with easy absences at a level she can handle, and build from there. Once a week we’ll do a live reassessment and check in.
We’ll get started with a complimentary 30-minute consultation, where we discuss your dog’s behavior, go over the training protocol, and review next steps. If your dog does not have separation anxiety, we will discuss other options such as crate training, management, and enrichment activities. Download my free tip sheet on understanding Separation Anxiety here.
The 30-minute Initial Consultation is free of charge. Book your Initial Consultation here.
Four-week Separation Anxiety Package: $625.
Includes four custom sessions/week, four weekly live video check-in/assessments, and email support between check-ins.
Now we come home to this. Though we have another dog, Petey still panicked when we went out.