Does your dog fret or panic when you leave its side? Leaving the room causes stress and leaving the house seems impossible.
Are you coming home to chewed items? Destruction? Toileting in the home? Stress-related behaviours such as panting, pacing and trembling as you are getting ready for work? Are your neighbours complaining about the noise? Are you feeling guilty about leaving them but don’t know what to do?
If the answer is yes, then they’re likely experiencing separation-related behavioural issues.
Don’t think that spending too much time with your dog, letting them on the sofa or bed, cuddling them or picking them up creates separation anxiety, this isn’t the case. You have done nothing wrong and have not caused this issue. Pessimism is a major factor with SRB. It is a phobia, creating panic when left.
An intense attachment to a particular person and FOMO when not with people can be an issue causing intense reactions.
Behaviours associated with separation issues are
- Typically the dog may bark and cry when you leave and it carries on during the day.
- Filming your dog will give you an idea of what their behaviour is like when you are out.
- Does your dog follow you around the house, or move when you do? This can be an indication.
- Studies have found that dogs who struggle with Separation-Related Behaviours commonly show symptoms within the first 10 minutes of being left alone.
- Does your dog eat and drink when you are away from them? If they don’t they could be struggling with separation.
- Do you come home to furniture being chewed and the house destroyed?
If your dog is bored it could still bark and whine and be destructive. The difference is this will happen much later.
Separation-related behaviours begin earlier when the fear of being alone, or away from the family kicks in.
Your dog learns to predict your routine and pattern of your behaviour which could indicate that you are leaving.
The constant worry about these predictions creates a physiological response, increasing the release of stress hormones and creating a vicious circle of stress and the behaviours seen before you even leave the room or the house.
If you want to be free to leave the room and the home without being worried or feeling guilty and come home to a clean, destruction-free house and a calm dog, as well as keep the neighbours happy then I have programs to address your dogs behaviour struggles and help you manage and train them to be away from you and settled when home alone.
The program will tackle
- The micro trigger predictions that create an emotional response
- Monitor pessimism in other areas of life.
- Promotes Calmness
- Identify the level of fear related to separation.
- Create Independence
- Increase optimism
- Create a plan to help them cope alone
- Offer full support throughout.
A full behavioural assessment is required. There is a detailed form to fill in and an online assessment to identify your dog’s individual struggles.
From the assessment and individual, a specific training plan is developed. I support you through the plan so that you can understand what your dog is going through and how to manage and reduce the stress response leading to a calmer, more optimistic dog overall.
When you invest in a Rovers Return Training plan you get detailed plans of the training methods. Informative e-books and videos (where necessary), Expert advice and knowledge of their behaviour, and full support.
Please book your discovery call here (no obligation to book and it is completely free)
We can discuss your problems and begin our trust and relationship. I ask that you commit to a minimum plan depending on your dog’s needs. For severe cases, an 8-week plan may be necessary, but for less severe cases a four-week plan may suffice.
Due to the current cost of living crisis, to keep costs low I am offering an online-only service so I can reduce the costs to you.