Separation Anxiety

What is Separation Anxiety?

Dogs with separation anxiety become anxious, agitated or depressed when left alone. These feelings of stress can cause a variety of destructive behavior from chewing up furniture, digging at door frames, house-soiling, self-injuring, and even breaking windows in an effort to escape. This disorder can be emotionally crippling both for the dog and their caretakers. In the past, separation anxiety has been notoriously difficult to treat and in some cases even considered incurable. However, modern training has come a long way in finding effective treatments for this pervasive problem.

Does my dog have Separation Anxiety?

There are many symptoms of separation anxiety. If your dog exhibits any of these signs, it may be worthwhile to schedule an evaluation:

  • House-soiling: does your otherwise potty trained dog soil the house whenever you’re away? Barring medical incontinence issues, this is usually a key indicator of S.A.
  • Barking & Howling: incessant barking, howling or whining when the owner is away is also a common sign of separation anxiety. If your dog is barking at specific triggers, such as other dogs or people, you may be dealing with reactivity rather than S.A. Check out our Reactive Rover Program for help.
  • Destruction: a dog who spends his time alone digging, chewing or otherwise destroying things around him may have separation anxiety, especially if the target of his destruction are doors or windows. Destruction can also indicate a bored or rowdy adolescent. The trainer can work with you during your initial consultation to determine the cause of your dog’s destructive tendencies.

How can we help?

Our Separation Anxiety Treatment Program uses modern day training techniques and technology to teach your dog to feel comfortable with your absence. This six-week program combines in-home, video and phone sessions for a well-rounded treatment plan that fits your schedule.

The full 6-week program cost is $1,000+tax.
Payment plans are available.

Want to learn more? Schedule an initial consultation. No commitments necessary.