The Shocking Truth – Separation Anxiety and Bark Collars

Caution when using bark collars for sep anx

Baldwin the Bulldog barked and barked and barked when he was left home alone. Because his guardians, Samantha and her fiancé Paul, received complaints by their landlord and neighbors about the noise, they purchased a “bark collar” in hopes of quieting Baldwin. First, they used one that sprayed citronella in Baldwin’s face when he barked, […]

Fixing Separation Anxiety with Another Dog – Yay or Nay?

While looking through Facebook, Google records and other social media requests, I discovered that there are a few questions that come up very commonly. One of these questions is about getting another dog to stay with the separation anxiety afflicted dog in order to alleviate the stress. There are certainly different angles to consider when […]

Why and How Dogs Develop Separation Anxiety

Golden Separation Anxiety training tips

Why does my dog have separation anxiety? This is always a difficult question for me to answer when I am asked this by a dog guardian. The short answer is that we don’t have a good answer for that question, but there may be some explanation of this disorder. The most important thing to know […]

Separation Anxiety – What Not to Do

dog - just say no

Your dog is urinating in the house when you are gone. He should be told he’s wrong, right? Your dog chewed up the couch while he was alone. He should be scolded, right? Your dog is barking when no one is home. You should tell him that he is misbehaving, right? It is a common […]

Regressions for the Win

Regression

You are charging along with your separation anxiety protocol and have made considerable progress on a regular basis. You cannot believe that when you first started this process, Fluffy could barely be left alone for two seconds, and now you are able to leave for 17 minutes while she calmly hangs out. You could squeal […]

Winning At Criteria Setting

Winning Criteria Setting

Say you are training for a marathon (OK, suspend belief if you must). Some of you would look at it as a monumental, almost insurmountable task, right? But let’s look at it from a training perspective. Where might you start when putting together your plan to get from your couch to the finish line? The […]