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 […]

Observation Skills for Separation Anxiety

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A call comes in and the harried woman on the other end of the line speaks rapidly about the recent excessive barking warning she received from her landlord about her dog, Clint. Next an intake form appears, revealing a dog named Patches who is destroying items, and shredding and spreading the trash, when left alone. […]

Separation Anxiety and a Second Dog – Will it help?

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One of my recent separation anxiety clients asked me a common question during our initial call, “Will getting a second dog help?” My heart swells with appreciation for guardians whose dogs display separation-related anxiety. (There’s a technical difference between separation anxiety, when the dog is anxious when not in the presence of a specific person; […]

Preventing Separation Anxiety

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Does your dog have separation anxiety? Let me alleviate any misconception or guilt you might be carrying: You did not give your dog this condition. Wait a moment, you thought this article was about separation anxiety prevention didn’t you? Read on, it will make sense. Sammy is a Cavalier King Charles pup and is as […]

Crowdsourcing Alone-Time Alternatives

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I hear it in your voice. I hear it in the deafening silence over the phone. That quiet desperation you feel upon learning that your dog cannot be left alone at any time for longer than she can handle during the training process. You feel the walls closing in around you, trapped in your own […]

The Medication Dilemma: One Woman’s Story

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I knew that Monkey (and I) had a problem when I came home from a short dinner one night, and there were nine notes on my door – from my landlord, from my neighbor (five of them were from her), from the police (they were doing a welfare check and could I call them ASAP?), […]

Reasons to Celebrate: Oso’s Separation Anxiety Journey

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The first time I heard about separation anxiety in dogs, I was a teenager. My mom noticed that our dog Boomer was chewing a windowsill when he was home without his people. Mom put a towel over the windowsill and gently told me it would “remind Boomer not to chew when he got nervous.” Like […]

Train Smarter, Train Better, Together with a Trainer

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One year for my birthday I bought an eight-week personal training package — a first for me. Having led an active life full of dancing, step aerobics, spin classes and hiking, I was unsure of what a personal trainer could do for me. But my workouts had become stale and irregular, I’d lost motivation and […]

It Takes A Village

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Caring for a dog, any dog, can be a challenge. Puppies need constant attention and loving guidance to teach them how to behave. Adolescent dogs can challenge us with their independent teenage attitudes. Even the most well-adjusted, fully mature adult dogs take work. As you look back on the time and energy you have given […]

Exercise—The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

Exercise for Separation Anxiety

What comes to mind when I say the word exercise? Maybe a walk in the park, lifting weights at the gym, or a swim in the ocean? Webster defines exercise as “engaging in physical activity to sustain or improve health and fitness.” This definition means different things to different people. For one it may mean […]