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Treating Seperation Anxiety: Yes it's possible
Separation Anxiety affect approximately 17% of the 78 million dogs in the United States. However, this statistic is based on what is reported. It is estimated that it actually affects closer to 40%. That is because reported statistics only include dogs that are obnoxious enough to destroy houses, break out of crates, hurt themselves. and drive the neighbors insane. It does not take into account the dogs that quietly hide under the bes, shake, and cry quietly or the dogs that are in remote areas and in crates where the neighbors aren't there to tell you that your dog is screaming.
Separation Anxiety is not a behavior. It is a feeling - a literal panic attack. And it is one of the most commonly reported behavior issue that arises, especially among rehomes, shelter, and rescue dogs. And, unfortunately, it is also one of the most common issues that lands dogs in a shelter and on the way to an early death.
But it is NOT impossible. The solutions are there and it is treatable. Owners who are willing to dedicate their time and patience to treating the issues will find relief quite simply. It does take time. And there is no quick fix, or guaranteed time frame. Your dog is suffering from a form of Anxiety Disorder, and not unlike humans, these types of issues do require significant attention. I offer a Separation Anxiety Treatment program for clients worldwide that can be done long distance and tailored to your needs. It is not necessary for me to be with you in person. The only think necessary is a suffering dog, their frustrated human, and an internet connection.
Common Myths about Separation Anxiety
- Crates are the answer. Wrong. Crates are rarely the answer. In fact, trail, error, and research, has shown that crate and confinement anxiety runs comorbid with seperation anxiety nearly 90% of the time, and that crates can often lead dogs to injure themselves, sometimes severly, in an attempt to escape.
- It's caused by boredom and puzzle toys and a kong filled with cheese or peanut butter will solve it. Actually, many case studies have shown that a dog will sit and cry while eating their Kong, and can even began to form an association with you leaving and the toys and kong. This can lead to the dog learning to dislike their own toys. These items work great for a dog that is destructive because he is bored but they are not a solution for anxiety based Separation Anxiety
- My dog will outgrow it. Most dogs do not outgrow true cases of Separation Anxiety. Separation Anxiety is not a behavior, and it is not caused by age. It is not a phase. It is, quite simply, a literal panic attack. It is an emotion rooted in fear. When left untreated it will often worsen over time, not get better.
THERE IS A CURE:
I am now offering a Separation Anxiety Treatment program that can be done anywhere in the world. Through the blessing of modern technology, I am able to help you and your dog find recovery. If this is an issue you are struggling with, please reach out to me using the form below.