Separation Anxiety Training with Maddi

Millions of dogs in the world suffer from separation related behavior problems, and their owners know they need help, but don’t know where to turn or how to begin. They often wonder, “How do I even manage this situation, let alone actually try to change my dog’s behavior?” Separation anxiety training has a bad rap for a lot of reasons: it’s a complex issue, training takes time, and there is a TON of misinformation out there on the topic. Separation anxiety training with Sits n Wiggles is all virtual. This is so that I am not there to distract your dog from their training, and it’s more realistic while we work through the exercises.

Here’s some of what you can expect while working with Maddi to help your pup overcome their separation anxiety:

About the Program

  • My virtual separation anxiety program can be combined with additional in home or virtual sessions to address other behavior concerns. This may include leash reactivity, general anxiety, or basic manners.
  • All of my separation anxiety training is done with your dog being under their anxiety threshold. This ensures there is virtually no chance of any destructive behavior during training exercises. It also greatly reduces the amount of scary experiences for your dog.
  • You are required to not leave your dog alone for longer than they can handle. We will work together to come up with a realistic plan for your unique situation.
  • The majority of our work will be desensitizing your dog to being home alone. We don’t use treats for this training procedure, which is one less thing you need to worry about before a training session. Instead, you coming back to your pup after a safe absence sends them a message that it is okay to be home alone.
  • Depending on your dog’s needs, we may add other training into your plan. This can include teaching your dog to relax on a mat or bed or working on reactivity to outside noises. These exercises do use treats as rewards and to create positive associations.

Get Your Life Back

Resolving your dog’s separation anxiety means there will be less stress for you, your family, and your pup. That’s always the goal – improving you & your dog’s life! You will learn to become an expert in reading your dog, and how to start working with them wherever they are at right now.

If you’ve seen any signs of separation-related behavior issues in your dog, such as getting noise complaints about them, chewing or scratching at doorways, or you think your dog is getting anxious when they realize you are leaving, contact us to schedule a consultation and assessment.

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