A CSAT’s Approach
It Might Not be Separation Anxiety
Work with the Right Trainer or Behaviourist
Separation anxiety training takes time
Another reason why we advise not to crate your dog when alone in the house is that separation training does not start with you leaving the house. Everything you do as part of your leaving routine is a trigger for anxiety that sets in as your dog becomes aware that you are about to leave. Teaching a dog to cope with being alone can be a lengthy process and adding another trigger makes the process even longer.Furthermore, if you confine your dog without first crate training him properly you run the risk of him developing a negative association with the crate which then means he will not want to use it at all at any time.
When we develop an individual protocol for your dog, our goal is to gradually desensitise them to various triggers. I almost always find that when dogs are not confined, gradually getting them to be calm when owners leave is a much more achievable task. We want to focus on removing stressors that may make a dog panic, and by allowing them to roam free in the house, they are gaining back a small sense of control otherwise lost when confined.
Crates are Not the Enemy!
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If you are struggling, I cannot urge you enough to contact me for help. The expertise I can offer is priceless when helping your dog overcome his anxiety and knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel – your dog CAN be happy at home alone.
Please, contact me with any questions you have.
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