Separation Anxiety

Saving Strider: The journey is not easy, but the results are so worth it

  Four things contributed to my rash decision to adopt a dog when I probably shouldn’t have: I was 24. He was “free” because I worked at the shelter. I thought I could take whatever a new dog could throw at me because I have an animal behavior background. Look at his face. Could you […]

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The Medication Conundrum

  Sometimes separation anxiety training isn’t enough. Strike that. Oftentimes training isn’t enough. In my 16 years of work treating separation anxiety, I have seen so many dogs whose training plodded along slowly until they started taking anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications. Then suddenly, their capacity to handle longer and longer absences grew to new heights.

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Separation Anxiety and a Second Dog – Will it help?

  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

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