Section I: Introduction to the Course
Section II: Understanding Separation Anxiety
Section III: Preparing for Training
Section IV: Getting Started: The Initial Assessment
Section V: Executing the Mission – Week 1
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Meet Your Expert Malena DeMartini

Welcome to Mission POSSIBLE

Meet Your Expert Malena DeMartini

Welcome to Mission: POSSIBLE, your guide to working with your dog’s separation anxiety. Start by watching the following video introducing the course, and myself, your expert in the field, Malena DeMartini.

Hi, and welcome to Mission POSSIBLE. My name is Malena, and I’m so glad that you’re here. I’ve spent countless hours over the past two decades working with thousands of dogs that suffered from alone time distress. I’ll be here to guide you through your training to help your dog learn to be comfortable when alone. While professional experience is indeed important. I also want to mention that I’ve had personal experience with alone time distress with one of my own dogs. My beloved older dog, Tini DeMartini, was adopted at the tender age of nine weeks, and within 24 hours of having her in my home, I could see that for her, the sun, the stars, the moon, they all revolved around me. I had already been working exclusively with separation anxiety for about a decade at that time. So the fact that I inadvertently adopted a dog with this condition was the irony of all ironies.

It was meant to be, though, because I learned so much from going through a separation anxiety protocol myself, as opposed to just guiding others through it. The key thing I want to mention about that experience is that the very first thing that I did when I discovered Tini had separation anxiety was to call upon all of my training colleagues for help. And yes, if you’re wondering, many of them laughed at me since I was already the leading expert in this behavior issue. One of the many things I learned by going through Tini’s training was that it’s very hard to do this without support, guidance, and direction, all of which you will receive in this course. This training is no small feat, and having support through the process is really vital. So I’ll say it again. I’m so glad that you’re here.

Now, I want to tell you that this behavior your dog is displaying is not your fault. I stress this because I am all too familiar with how family, friends, and colleagues make a fuss over the fact that they think that you might be spoiling or coddling your dog or letting them get away with this seemingly unruly behavior. Well, that’s not the case at all. As a matter of fact, we have considerable peer-reviewed research that shows that actions that are typically referred to as spoiling, such as letting the dog sleep in the bed or feeding them lots of special treats, those are not the cause of separation anxiety.

My point here is that you did not cause this issue, so please make sure that you absolve yourself of any guilt surrounding this condition. You’re here now, and you’re right where you need to be in order to resolve your dog’s alone time distress. Thank you for being here both from me and from your dog. Now, as you begin this journey, and it is a journey filled with twists and turns, I want you to know that between me and the over 250 certified separation anxiety trainers, we truly believe that separation anxiety is a treatable condition. Some dogs may take a little longer than others, but if you have the heart and the persistence to work on this issue, we believe you can achieve success. Having this hope, even if you have yet to fathom how it will be possible, is an essential component of this process. So please believe me when I tell you that there is indeed hope, and I’m basing that on countless dogs, including my own, who have learned that alone. Time is nothing to fear.

In addition to having hope, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are over 38 million pet dogs in the US alone that are suffering with this issue, which means you are not walking this path solo and this course you. You’ll not only have my support and that of some of my certified separation anxiety trainers, you’re going to have the shared experience and encouragement of so many other participants who are going through exactly what you are. This course alone has over 3000 students in it, and it has been successfully helping dogs and their people since 2017. You truly are not alone.

So I’ll say it one last time. Separation anxiety may be a slow process, but the success rate for resolution is profound. When a careful and systematic approach is followed, work in small increments, be patient, have tremendous empathy, and celebrate the small wins and successes along the way. There will be many of them. Resolving separation anxiety is one of the most rewarding experiences, and you will never look back with regret on the accomplishment. Remember, I’ve got your back, so let’s dive in and start your journey.

If you are ready, and I suspect you are, then let’s get started. I will be thrilled to hear of the progress that you make; even the small wins are incredibly important, so let’s celebrate them!

Resource: You are NOT alone
I will be here to guide you through this journey every step of the way, and I thought you might want to get to know a bit more about me and my work with separation anxiety before we begin. If so, please take a moment to read my bio on my website: Meet Malena

Bonus Listen: 
Additionally, if you want to hear more about me and my background, take some time to listen to this podcast interview:
Malena DeMartini, CTC, CDBC, UNLEASHED (at work & home) with Colleen Pelar (July 2023).

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