Category Separation Anxiety

Could my dog have separation anxiety?

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a big rise in separation anxiety cases with families who have only just discovered their dog has a problem. These aren’t necessarily puppies! Many of these are older dogs, so why are they…

Barking… noise pollution or necessary behaviour?

a small terrier puppy is on the rocky beach

Barking, and other forms of vocalisation, are natural behaviours for our dogs. It is one of four methods dogs use to communicate with each other. The others are Scent, Body Language and Touch. We hate it, but is barking really…

Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Six

An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket

We are in the end game now. If you have only just come across these posts please head to part one and start there. This is the bit where we put a final routine together so you can leave the…

Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Five

An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket

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…

Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Four

An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket

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…

Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Three

An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket

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…

Managing Separation Anxiety – Part Two

An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket

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…

Managing Separation Anxiety – Part One

An anxious looking pug dog wrapped in a blanket

As I sit, helplessly listening to a poor pup howling his heart out from one of the nearby blocks of flats, I am reminded of all the poor pups out there that might not cope well alone. So, I thought,…