Crowdsourcing Alone-Time Alternatives

You Are Not Alone Over the years, I have talked with countless people who feel they are simply out of options.  Sometimes the desperation and frustration can be heard in their voice as talk, other times it’s apparent in the long pauses and silence that sometimes follows questions I ask.  Many of us have been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]