Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Separation anxiety is one of the biggest problems with pet dogs. Most people lead a lifestyle which involves leaving the dog alone for varying amounts of time. But that goes against everything a dog stands for. The pack, strength in numbers, solidarity.
Dogs have to overcome thousands of years’ worth of instinct to come to terms with being left alone, but they can do it – and with great ease if you use the right system.
Dogs learn by association. That’s why they know that the leash means ‘walkies’.
To overcome separation anxiety we need to understand the causes to implement the cures. Fortunately for K9 Magazine readers, we’ve teamed up with a highly skilled dog psychologist who can help you cure your dog’s separation anxiety by following her proven, easy to follow, stress free formula.
My name is Natalka Jacyszyn and I am a qualified canine psychologist.I have owned dogs for many years, ranging from Yorkshire Terriers to German Shepherds, most of which were rescue dogs, and I always wondered what made them tick.
Then a few years ago I got a puppy German Shepherd, I have had two Shepherds before, both of which were rescues and were middle aged when I got them, but this one was different, she was nervous of everything and anyone. I went through her pedigree and found out that she was bred from nervous stock.
This is why I decided to study canine psychology, so I could try to understand why she behaved the way she did, and if there was anything I could do to help her. I have trained my own dogs and friends, family and neighbours dogs, amongst others.
Dogs are dogs and as much as we like to think that they are like us, they are not! In order to communicate adequately with our dogs we need to learn their language as they cannot learn ours.
My Dog Training Philosophy
I only use positive reinforcement methods of dog training, as I believe that this is the most effective way of teaching your dog commands without punishment and it does so much more than teaching sit and lay down, it helps to build a strong relationship between you and your dog.
This positive method of dog training has proven to be more successful than harsh training.
If you reinforce good behaviour by giving a food treat or playing a game etc, you will get better results far more quickly, as when you reward the dog for something good, he will be far more likely to repeat the behaviour.
If the dog performs a behaviour that you don’t want you can use a ‘time out’ or you could just try ignoring your dog, this way he will learn that his behaviour is linked to something negative and so therefore he will be far less likely to repeat the behaviour.
Above all we all love our pet dogs and want to do the best for them.
This book is a simple and easy to follow guide to separation anxiety. It will explain how and why a dog may suffer from this condition, and what you as an owner can do to help resolve the issue.
In this guide – which contains my simple, step by step approach to curing canine separation anxiety – I will show you:
- How to identify the early warning signs of separation anxiety
- How to banish your dog’s fear of being away from you
- The right way to use my methods to control your dog’s fear and anxiety
- How to understand the causes of separation anxiety
- How to calm your dog’s nerves (works for ANY breed)
- How to properly use crate training and other tips for rapid, positive results
- & more!
No matter what stage your dog’s separation anxiety may be at, this eBook will help you.
Ever wondered how the expert’s cure their dog’s separation anxiety problems…
…well, wonder no more!
Canine separation anxiety can be a miserable experience for both dog and owner. In some cases, a dog who howls and creates commotion when their owner is away can find themselves under threat of being rehomed as neighbours complain and the exasperated owner struggles to come up with a solution.
Separation anxiety can be cured. Not only can it be cured, by learning and implementing the methods and techniques taught in this book, owners can experience a more satisfying relationship with a happy, contented dog and will never have to worry about the troubles and frustrations of separation anxiety again. Man’s best friend is just that, a companion animal. Teaching him how to be content when you’re not around is something that doesn’t have to be stressful and can in fact lead to a happier, stronger bond between owner and dog. In this guide, I won’t preach to you or tell you what you may have done wrong. After all, I know myself that having a dog of a nervous disposition is usually nothing at all to do with the owner but more a symptom of genetic disposition toward anxiety.
Instead, I’d just like to say this: by learning how to cure your dog of separation anxiety:
- you WILL see the results of my techniques unfold day by day
- you WILL kick yourself for not discovering it sooner
- you WILL eradicate the stress and anxiety from worrying about your dog when you’re not around
- you WILL observe an incredible, uplifting transformation when your dog starts to properly settle down
- you WILL be able to use these techniques on ANY dog you ever own, now or in the future
Extract From Cure Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety
Many dog owners do not have any idea on how to communicate effectively with their dogs, and therefore may start to encounter problems.
If you think that your dog has separation anxiety, you could write down the symptoms and then take your dog along to the vet and get a professional opinion, as if your dog suffers quite badly from this condition you can get some prescribed medication, just so that your dog is a little calmer in order for you to work with him.
It is not advisable to ignore this condition, hoping it will rectify itself, it will only get steadily worse, until you have a dog that cannot be left on his own at all, and you not being able to have any sort of social life at all, then you will start to resent the dog, sometimes to the point of giving your beloved pet to a dog rescue or even considering euthanasia.
Separation anxiety can be treated with time and patience and consistency, but you have to put the work in before you start seeing results. Treating this condition may take a long time and in some cases, it can be just managed rather than completely cured.
This book will give you some helpful techniques to try out with your dog so that you can start to help your dog on the road to recovery.
What is canine separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a condition that many dog owners are likely to face at some stage or another in their dog owning lifetime. It is the name that is given for when a dog is so scared, anxious, stressed, and even traumatized at even the mere thought of being separated from its owner. When you separate a dog from his owner and also leave it constrained within your house, you are giving him two stressful situations that he has to cope with all at the same time.
Also the length of time that you leave him on his own, also has a part to play, as the longer you leave him, the greater the stress will become. It is thought that this condition is caused by a chemical imbalance within the dog’s brain, and so for a lot of cases medication is required along with a behaviour modification programme.
Separation anxiety is a set of different behaviours that are exhibited while the owners are not with the dog.
This is not a breed specific problem or age related in any way, it is something that can manifest itself at any stage of a dog’s life. Although having said that, older dogs may find it difficult to cope with stress, as both the brain and body will be slowly degenerating and so in turn will become far less efficient than a dog that is much younger. Also dogs that are more reactive or sensitive to an external stimuli, such as some of the herding breeds can become overly aroused, especially when left to their own devices.
As dogs are pack animals and also very social creatures, they do not like being left alone as it is not natural for them to be separated from their pack. Dogs need a lot of social interaction in order for them to be content. Most dogs do adapt very well to our busy lifestyles and are fine when they are left on their own. Separation anxiety is a fear or dislike of being isolated and left all alone, it is a disorder that leads the dog into such an intense panic, and this can result in destructive and somewhat undesirable behaviour. Once the dog gets into this panic stricken state, it will intensify very quickly.
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