How to Solve Separation Anxiety
Canine separation anxiety is heartbreaking to deal with. In my time as a Boston trainer, I’ve seen dogs tear solid wood doors to shreds over time by scratching and gnawing. I’ve seen dogs break claws and bloody teeth trying to get out of their crates. And I’ve seen dogs that bark, whine, or cry incessantly when their owners leave them.
Many owners don’t think of this as a behavioral issue, and it isn’t in the sense that they are misbehaving and need to learn right from wrong. However, it is a psychological issue and one that can be solved using some of the same training techniques we use for dogs suffering from behavioral issues. Training, in general, is about communicating with your dog on his/her level, and I can help you communicate to your dog that there is no need to be upset when you leave the home.
Dogs are pack animals by nature, and those packs are very structured. There is the leader dog and the rest of the pack, and the rest of the pack trusts, respects, and listens to the leader. My in-home training program will put you, the owner, in that leadership position. Once that trust and respect is established through techniques such as a structured schedule, basic obedience training, and proper leash handling techniques, we’ll make your dog feel even more comfortable by providing him or her with a crate.
Some people are turned off by the idea of crate training because they’ve seen dogs bark and claw and try to escape the confinement. However, this type of behavior only occurs in dogs that have not been properly introduced to the crate. If they are introduced slowly by the leader they trust, they’ll view it as a safe space, as their “den”, and they won’t show any signs of separation anxiety while inside.
To learn more about what I can do to help abate your dog’s separation anxiety, give me a call today at 800.649.7297.