Bringing relief from
I can’t leave my dog at home alone!
Separation anxiety is heart breaking and stressful for both owners and dogs. Some studies estimate that over 40% of our pet dogs suffer from this devastating condition. Dogs do all sorts of things when they are suffering from separation anxiety – they may just pant, pace, salivate, whine, run from room to room and go completely over the top when they greet you – this is distressing enough but other more obvious behaviours such as destroying furniture and doors becomes expensive, barking, whining and howling annoys the neighbours, peeing on the carpets is unpleasant to come home to and vets bills rise if your dog injures herself – but more than any of this it breaks our hearts to see our best friend suffer so much.
The Good News!
Some say separation anxiety in dogs is not resolvable because it isn’t easy to treat and treatment is not effective. NOT TRUE! – it does take time and patience but it is certainly treatable. The treatment is simple and with time it can hugely reduce or even resolve your dog’s separation anxiety.
What is Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
Separation anxiety is not something a dog chooses to do. It can be caused by a frightening experience she had when alone (such as burglary, fire alarm, noisy construction), moving home, being re-homed, losing a family member, a traumatic experience (car accident, dog attack) or regular and lengthy absences by her owners.
All those behaviours doesn’t mean she is angry, spiteful or naughty – dogs don’t think like that. She is terrified of being alone and is panicking – she barks and howls to try and make contact with you; scratches the door or breaks out of her crate to try and escape to find you; injures herself through fear and frustration; pees and poos because she is frightened. She has no control over any of this – it is simply blind panic.
Why doesn’t Separation Anxiety in Dogs get better on its own?
You would think that a dog will eventually get over separation anxiety – after all you always come home. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that – just the opposite – most dogs with separation anxiety get worse over time.
Whenever she is alone your dog’s body is flooded with stress inducing chemicals brought on by panic and fear. This makes her even more alert and she is constantly watching for signs that you are leaving – putting on your shoes, make up, picking up your bag or keys and so on – all of these become predictors that you are leaving and even before you have left the house she is starting to become anxious and over time this anxiety builds. Almost every day your dog goes through a cycle of fear and panic which produces the stress chemicals which make it impossible for her to relax and learn that being at home alone is safe.
Will getting another dog help?
This sounds like it should make sense – after all, your dog won’t be alone. Unfortunately it very rarely is the answer as it is YOU your dog is missing. What often then happens is that the second dog also starts to become anxious and the sad result is two dogs with separation anxiety.
I can help help you to achieve all of this!
I am passionate about helping dogs and their owners get over this terrible condition. So much so that I have made treating separation cases my speciality and am a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer. Using modern, scientific and up to date methods I get true insight into how you and your dog are progressing and can keep you motivated and on track throughout the training process until the problem has been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.
I got my life back
The process can take a long time but that is all down to the individual dog and there is no telling how quickly they will respond. But if you commit and stick with it you will get the rewards. Ingrid is incredibly professional, an excellent communicator and guides you through the process with great clarity.
Home alone and happy
I really thought this would never happen and its true that it took time and hard work but Ingrid’s enthusiasm, support and expertise kept us going. It was like having my own personal trainer! She was with us every step of the way until finally our little Alfie can be left at home and our new sofa is safe from being ripped to shreds.Trina