Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Separation Anxiety is an extremely distressing condition for the dogs who suffer from it, and also their guardians. A dog who is terrified of being alone can display one or more of a variety of symptoms, including vocalization, destruction, and inappropriate urination/defecation - they are experiencing a true panic attack and are desperate to escape. For their human guardians the effect on daily life can be just as devastating - nobody wants their beloved canine friend to suffer, but our own health and happiness is no less important, so we need to find a solution to help everyone.
HOW WE HELP DOGS WITH SEPARATION ANXIETY
Successful separation anxiety training involves assessing your dog’s panic point at the start, along with other environmental factors which may be adding to their distress. From this a systematic training plan will be created, breaking down each element and repackaging into tiny doses that the dog can handle right now, then very gradually making it more challenging as they progress. Careful observation of their behavior and body language helps with assessment of their comfort level, and the plan is adjusted appropriately on a daily basis.
SEPARATION ANXIETY ASSESSMENTS AND TRAINING
All separation anxiety assessments and training takes place remotely - this is beneficial so we can observe your dog in their normal environment, with you leaving them as you usually do, without the distraction of a trainer potentially causing a change in behavior. We will keep in touch daily using remote tools you are comfortable with, and you will receive individual and customized training plans 5 days a week, with clear and specific instructions to follow. Then once a week we will meet for a video assessment where we will watch your dog live and review progress.
In addition you will be provided with all the personal coaching and support you need as you progress through the training, helping you through the tough times and celebrating your progress as you achieve your goals.
REMEMBER—SEPARATION ANXIETY IS NOT YOUR FAULT
As you start your journey to help your dog feel better about spending time alone, one of the most important things to know is that it is not your fault they are suffering. Despite what is commonly believed, dogs do not develop separation anxiety because they were coddled or spoiled, allowed to sleep on the bed, fed from the table, spent too much time with their guardians etc. They are not behaving out of spite or revenge and they will not just ‘get over’ it if left to cry. They are suffering from a true panic attack, and our systematic training method (using a scientific process called desensitization) is the fastest and most humane way to help them progress.
PRICING FOR SEPARATION ANXIETY
Separation anxiety training includes ongoing daily coaching and support with customized training plans along with weekly live video assessments and is therefore priced differently from other types of training. After the initial phone call, the first step is to schedule the first assessment, which helps us determine where your dog's threshold is. This gives us our jumping off point for training. After the first assessment is complete, a customized package will be created and a quote will be sent.
The cost of the first assessment is $100. If a training package is signed within two weeks of the first assessment, then the cost of the first assessment will be credited towards the cost of the package. The cost per month for private separation anxiety training is $550.
So that you have a good understanding of exactly how the training and support will work, and to give you the opportunity to ask questions based on your individual circumstances, the first step is a free (no obligation) 30 minute phone call with Emily or Jolene, who would very much like to help your dog achieve happier alone time, and for you to regain your freedom!
HOW DO WE START TREATING OUR DOG'S SEPARATION ANXIETY?
For all separation anxiety related inquiries, please complete and submit the form below. We will then contact you to organize your free, no obligation 30-minute call to discuss your individual requirements and how we can help.