Fear Based Training Does Not Work!
Confinement Often Makes Things Worse
Punishment Won’t Fix Things
Many people will tell you that their dog looks guilty when they return home. It is very unlikely that dogs do guilt. What they do feelis frightened and the look on their faces when you come home is fear, not guilt. Why? Because every time you come home you punish them for whatever unwanted behaviour they have done whilst you were out. What is worse is that they do not associate the punishment with the behaviour – dogs only associate punishment with behaviour if the punishment happens immediately after or during the behaviour. All your dog is feeling is that being alone is frightening and bad enough but you returning home has now added to the fear of being punished. I know it is difficult to fathom, but you must remember that your dog’s actions, when you are out, are a panic response and quite likely something that he has no control over. Your dog is not purposely damaging your home, so shouting or even worse hitting him will never help improve his behaviour but it will hurt your bond and instead of your dog being happy to see you, he will be scared of you.
Quick Fixes and Miracle Cures
Treating The Root Cause
When I speak to new clients, they are often at their wits end because of their dog’s behaviour. They want the barking to stop when they are gone so the neighbours stop complaining; they want to stop the door from being destroyed so they don’t have to spend money replacing it or they are tired of cleaning up the mess every time they come home. But these behaviours are a reaction to the fear that the dog is feeling – in separation training we do not treat the response – we treat the root cause, the fear, and if we can resolve this then the behaviours disappear automatically. So, by hopefully helping you resolve your dog’s separation anxiety problem, we’ll resolve your barking and destruction problem at the same time. From the very beginning of the programme the unwanted behaviours disappear because we never let your dog reach their panic threshold ever again!
Contact Me For Help
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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