Once we have come to terms with the fact that regressions are normal, and we carry on with your pup’s separation anxiety journey, this hiccup does not seem like such a big deal. Not only that but another thing I have observed is quite often after a dog regresses, they often make faster progress in the future. One client I have worked with put it very well. Her dog had been doing very well and we had nearly reached an hour when one day he regressed to 30 minutes. Although she was of course disappointed, she made the point that when we began the training she never thought we would even reach 30 minutes!
This is why I always make sure, when I start working with an owner and their dog that they understand that a regression, or even a few, are normal and very likely to happen at some point during the training. By getting ahead of this issue, it helps keep everyone motivated and on track toward achieving the ultimate goal: bettering the quality of both your and your dog’s life.