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    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Five

    Welcome to Part 5 So, we are now moving into the final stages of training. Today we’ll start looking at the bit that comes before the problem behaviour. This is the behaviour that starts as soon as your dog realises that he is going to be left alone. This stage is absolutely vital as anxiety compounds and the calmer your dog is when you walk out the door, the better his chance of coping while you’re gone. Changing their expectation! So, next time you prepare to leave him alone, take note of all the changes in his behaviour, no matter how small. Look out for any signs of anxiety such…

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    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Four

    Welcome to part 4 If you are just finding me now, please head to part one and hopefully all will make sense So, we have got as far as Confidence building. This is an important part of any training plan when you are working with an anxious dog. It’s also a lot of fun for you both when you approach it well. Clicker Training Clicker Training is a great way of boosting confidence, so I recommend it often for anxious dogs. The delay between clicking and treating creates anticipation of a good thing. This anticipation causes a release of happy hormones, so the clicker works really well for this. Introduce…

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    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Three

    Welcome to Part 3 So, hopefully you’ve got off to a good start creating a safe place at home. Let me know in the comments if you’re having problems with that. Or if you are seeing this for the first time, I recommend starting with step 1. Otherwise, lets move on! Be the Guard Dog! You and I both know that you’d do anything to keep your dog safe, that’s not the problem. However, dogs with anxiety need constant reminders, so I’m going to talk to you about protective behaviour that you can easily copy to set his mind at ease as often as possible. If you watch how your…

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    Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Two

    Welcome to Part 2 Hopefully, you’ve been able to established the root cause of your dogs problem. If you are sure it’s separation anxiety, and nothing else, then we are ready to move on to the first steps. (Please see Step One if you are not sure). It’s very tempting to want to jump straight to the symptom when you are trying to help your dog, especially when they have anxiety, but if we don’t work on the underlying problem first your results will be short lived, or non-existent. So we need to resist temptation and do some groundwork first. You did nothing wrong! Just quickly, I would like to…