Does your dog show any of these behaviours?
Separation Anxiety can be incredibly challenging for dog owners because it is a panic disorder or phobia.
Your dog isn't angry with you for leaving and it is not something they will just get over. No more than you would get over a fear of heights by being held over the ledge of a high rise everyday for eight plus hours. We have to start where your dog feels comfortable and systematically build upon it always going at his pace. Which may feel like snail pace in our oh so fast-paced world, but it is key!
My own dog Karlchen, pictured with his sister Emma in the photo above, struggled to be left at certain times (mainly at night times) and that made simple things like a visit to the pub, going to a concert, or just an evening shopping trip much more challenging. Equally it is very stressful for us owners to see our dogs struggling and being really upset. I know exactly how you feel!
Sometimes it can make you feel hopeless, frustrated and lost. You might feel trapped and afraid to leave your dog. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are tools ready to use to make it better for everyone. The biggest challenge is Patience.
Dogs always communicate with us by behaviour and we just need to understand that and help them to improve it. It’s easy to misunderstand when they’re barking and think to ourselves “oh they’ll be fine, nothing to worry about” but this is often your dog’s way of saying to you “I am not OK on my own”.
It could be fear of being left alone when their owner leaves and in other cases they haven’t had enough brain stimulation or physical exercise. Either way, they can damage the home because they are either truly scared and simply panic or just bored and full of energy. This doesn’t mean that they can’t stay at home by themselves, it just means that the management steps are different.
I can help you and your dog to overcome the separation anxiety so that you can both get your lives back.
I am a qualified SA Pro Trainer with the Julie Naismith programme, so can help with separation anxiety issues you and your dog are facing.
You may have tried several methods already but the sub-threshold technique I use is the one that is most likely to resolve your dog's separation problem. It involves observing how and when a dog shows the first hints of discomfort, and uses that knowledge to slowly increase the duration of alone time so the dog can cope with it.
All separation work will start with an initial assessment, where we chat through your situation and what you have tried so far, discuss suitable management strategies during the training process, and assess what stage your dog is currently at. Once we know the initial baseline level for your dog, I can plan your personalised training sessions accordingly.
The separation anxiety training programmes are designed to be done virtually via Zoom, which works very well as it is much more realistic to when we actually leave our dogs! In fact, my presence would interfer with the training. This means I can work with clients anywhere in the world and as a native German-speaker, I would be delighted to help clients in Germany, too.
You use a phone or camera to observe and record your dog's body language when they are left for multiple short, structured periods of planned absences. The combination of joint observations of your dog, live training with me via Zoom with further support via WhatsApp, and a brilliant interactive training App make the process both precise and simple.
Don’t worry if gadgets aren’t your thing — if you can dial a phone and start up your computer, we’re good to go.
All training is designed to keep your dog below their stress threshold, so we gradually increase their comfortable time alone, without them experiencing any distress at being left. We also look at building more independence within the home, solving hyper-attachment issues, general training and lifestyle that may be contributing!
Alongside our goal to reduce the stress of your dog, I will support you all the way. Living with a dog who finds time alone stressful can be distressing for all.
Let's have a chat.
Let's build the foundation for your dog's new home-alone confidence.
1 Week Training Plan
Supporting your dog through their home alone desensitisation training.
8 Weeks Training Plan
Many variables affect training length. I am dedicated to humane science-based methods that are both efficient and effective. Although there are no guarantees as with any behavioural modification, the method has been used to help tens of thousands of dogs to get over their separation anxiety and for their owners to get their lives back!
Estimates given are based on the dog's prior learning history, how long the problem behavior has been occurring, genetics and client skill, diligence, availability and management. I cannot guarantee that behaviour modification for your dog can be completed in the time frame of the package you purchase.