Separation Anxiety - Northern Tails Dog Training

Separation Anxiety

    Treating Separation Anxiety 

This program teaches your dog how to be alone without stressing out, destroying the house or annoying the neighbors with chronic barking

Neighbors complaining about all the barking? Tired of coming home to a chewed up house? Fido’s stress when you’re gone got you stressed out? I can help. Separation anxiety is a challenging and upsetting condition for both you and your dog. Effective home-alone training solutions will build your dog’s confidence, so you can leave home without worry or guilt.


Home-alone training. What is that, exactly? The short answer is teaching your dog to stay out of trouble while you are away. The longer, and more complete answer depends on the dog. Some dogs simply need a little basic training, better human leadership,  a little more exercise and a few more activities to keep them from losing their mind with boredom.

Other dogs require a more complex solution: These are the dogs that suffer from a true anxiety disorder, known as Separation Anxiety. Separation anxiety in a dog is a full-blown panic attack due to the anxiety and fear of being left alone. The severity of the panic attack and the way each dog expresses its panic is different, but what is happening inside the dog is the same — there are hormonal and neuro-chemical processes that happen when fear and anxiety are triggered. Dogs cannot rationalize their panic away. We can’t explain to them that we will be home soon so they should just “handle it.” A house-trained dog doesn’t urinate on the carpet when an owner is gone because he is angry; rather, he is so panicked that he pees himself. Urination, defecation, salivation, howling, barking, destruction and self-mutilation are just some of the outward displays of this internal anxiety and fear.

It is treatable! I have had tremendous success over the years helping dogs overcome all kinds of anxiety. Separation Anxiety – the fear of being separated from you – is a more commonly recognized form of anxiety among pet owners. It can be resolved using a very specific protocol of systematic desensitization.

What can you expect upon contacting me?

  • We will talk on the phone and early on I may be able to determine if you are dealing with Separation Anxiety or something else.  The teaching will begin during that first phone call and you will have a better idea of what may be motivating your dog to do what he does. We will also discuss the range of costs associated with this type of training.
  • If we decide to schedule an in-home visit (or a Skype visit), I will provide a detailed questionnaire for you to complete.
  • I’ll need to see video of your dog when you are out of the house and I can help you set that up
  • I will meet you, your family and your dog at your home (or we can have a meeting via Skype, if you are long distance). During the meeting and after viewing the video I will prepare a plan for you and your dog. At that time, we will discuss  what it will take to get your dog to the point of being able to remain relaxed while you are away. You will be clear about the daily and weekly requirements for training and how to fit that into your life. We will also discuss the prognosis for long-term success.
  • Once we start working, many of the follow up “appointments” can be done via iCam, Skype, phone and video (and I can help you become comfortable with those processes). You will receive all of the hands on support you need, day-to-day and week-to-week to be successful.



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“A myth exists among trainers, veterinarians, behaviorists and dog owners that separation anxiety is close to impossible to treat. And yet I know from experience–and from mounds of research–that separation anxiety is highly treatable. in fact, in my experience, about three out of four dogs can be fully relieved from their suffering, an astounding percentage in the realm of canine disorders.”

~ This is a quote from Malena DeMartini-Price, CTC in her book, Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs