What is Separation Anxiety?
Separation anxiety is your dog’s panicked response to being left alone. The results — including property destruction and the deterioration of your dog’s health (both mental and physical) — can be devastating.
Separation anxiety is very different from normal dog destructive boredom. Usually, when a dog chews on your shoe (or pees in it) - it is not because they don't want to be left alone and are taking revenge on you. It's just that they are bored or you were gone for a long time. True separation anxiety is a different beast. To make sure this is what we are looking at, we video your dog's behaviour and analyze the video frame by frame. Once we understand what is happening, we can classify the problem and develop a treatment plan. The good news is that separation anxiety can be treated with behaviour modification. The tough news is that it can often take a long time to resolve - and many dogs do better if they receive medication at the same time as treatment to make the best progress.
We use the proven protocols of San Fransisco Bay Area anxiety expert Marlena DeMartini, and here is an overview of the process with before and after videos from one of her clients: http://dogzandtheirpeoplez.com/2016/03/14/separation-anxiety-in-dogz/.
Give us a call at 226-500-3647 so that we can help determine if your dog has separation anxiety and (if they do) develop a treatment plan that will get you to a better place. We offer a cost-effective separation anxiety package that includes a 1.5 hour in person assessment visit, detailed information on the disorder based on the latest science-based techniques, video review and delivery of a full assessment and treatment plan. Seeing your home lets us make sure the program is customized for your unique situation.
Once the overview and plan is done, you do most of the hard work - we check in to keep you on track and make sure things are working as planned.
We expect that when this program is finished, your dog will be much improved!
For more information just click the `contact us` button in the menu.