Many owners become frustrated and overwhelmed living with a dog with separation anxiety, and some even give up. While most trainers are aware of standard protocols and approaches, some dogs just haven’t read the game plans, and outside-the-box solutions are needed. Living with Sierra, a shelter dog who came with a deeply entrenched case of separation anxiety, has given Nicole an insider’s perspective on separation issues and has emphasized the fact that a cookie-cutter approach does not work for every dog. Nicole’s twenty years of experience as a canine behavior specialist, along with her newfound empathy for owners, allowed her to develop outside-the-box, creative ways to address separation problems and to support owners.
- How to accurately diagnose a separation issue, and how to differentiate separation anxiety from isolation distress.
- Root causes, and how owners can have an influence for better or worse.
- Creative management options, including what to do in an emergency.
- The Alone Zone: Where in (or outside) the house to leave your dog when you’re away; what is not recommended and why.
- The latest, easy-to-use technological advances that allow you to monitor your dog while you’re away.
- Assessing if and when pharmacological intervention is appropriate, and two natural alternatives to consider.
- Complementary products and therapies that may help.
- Separation anxiety myths (you might be surprised at some of the "accepted wisdom" that is simply untrue!).
- Common questions, such as "Could getting a second dog help?"
- A structure to help you formulate a customized behavior modification plan.
Whether you are a trainer, owner, or shelter/rescue worker, you will come away from this seminar with a better understanding of separation issues and how to modify them in order to lessen stress for both owners and dogs, and to give dogs a better chance at a forever home.
Presentation by: Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA
Copyright © 2012, Tawzer Dog LLC
Nicole Wilde is an internationally recognized, award-winning author and lecturer, as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Her nine books include So You Want to be a Dog Trainer, Help for Your Fearful Dog, and Don’t Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety. In addition to working with dogs, Nicole has worked with wolves and wolfdogs for over fifteen years and is considered an expert in the field. Nicole is the recipient of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ prestigious Ian Dunbar Member of the Year Award for 2006, and is a popular speaker at the organization’s conferences. Nicole writes an “Ask the Trainer” column for Modern Dog Magazine and blogs for Huffington Post, as well as her own Wilde About Dogs blog.
This video qualifies for 1.5 trainer CEUs