What is Separation Anxiety?

Dogs are an integral part of family life. They spend most of their time with us at home for the first few weeks and we are naturally worried to leave them alone. For this reason, many dogs find it difficult to be independent and to be left alone for long periods of time, which can lead to a condition called ​separation anxiety​. Some common symptoms we see when left alone are:

➔ urinating or defecating
➔ vocalisation
➔ destruction
➔ pacing
➔ escaping
➔ self harm
➔ hyper-vigilance
➔ excessive greetings
➔ shadowing
➔ excessive drooling
➔ coprophagia
➔ not eating

Separation anxiety can be caused my changes in the dogs life and home. Some of the most common reasons include:

➔ being left alone for the first time
➔ change of owner
➔ moving house
➔ moving from a shelter to a home
➔ change in family routine or schedule
➔ losing or gaining a family member
➔ losing or gaining another pet
➔ traumatic experience when left alone
➔ genetic predisposition

When the owner leaves and the dog gets stressed out it is more than a little whining or a bit of mischief while you’re out; it's a serious condition and one of the main reasons owners get frustrated with their dogs and may result to rehoming them. 




I hate to break it to you but there is no quick fix for separation anxiety. I wish I had a magic wand that could fix you dog but it doesn't exist. Unfortunately the longer you leave it, the worse it gets, they just don't get over it.

It takes time, patience and consistency. There is no guarantee that after 4 weeks your dog will be "fixed." I am there over the 4 weeks to support you and your dogs journey, and work out strategies to help you both be able to cope, and work through the process.

Every dog is different, and are at varies stages with separation anxiety. This means we need to have different approach for different dogs. The reason why this training is online is because most of the work needs to be done by the human in incremental steps. Separation anxiety training can be mentally draining and sometimes you can feel alone. That's why I am here to support you and your dog in this journey.