Does your dog start to pant or pace while you’re getting ready for work, or bark and destroy the house once you’ve gone? If so, he may have separation anxiety.
This particular topic hits close to home for me as I have a dog with separation anxiety and to say he’s made our lives “challenging” is an understatement. Grizz has not spent any time alone since we had a major incident involving some extensive damage to our home.
If this all sounds too familiar, you’re going to want to listen to this episode featuring my guest, Drae Baker.
Drae is the owner and trainer at Dogwit Training in Calgary, Alberta. She specializes in separation anxiety and leash reactivity and is a certified SaPro trainer.
Separation anxiety is a complex issue that cannot be tackled in just one episode, but today we’ll touch on what exactly it is, and how to know if your dog might be struggling from it.
Drae’s qualifications include:
- CBCC-KA (Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed)
- FDM (Certified Family Dog Mediator)
- Certified SAPro Trainer (Julie Naismith)
- Member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
- Member of PPG (Pet Professional Guild)
- Member of AFFA (Alberta Force-Free Alliance)
In this episode you’ll learn:
- What is separation anxiety?
- What could be causing separation anxiety
- What are some signs your dog might have separation anxiety?
- If the pandemic has increased separation anxiety cases
- How a pup parent should greet their dog when arriving home
- What to do if your dog has separation anxiety
- The roles supplements and medication play in treating separation anxiety
- 5 separation anxiety myths
Resources from this episode:
- Dogwit Training
- SA Pro Trainer Directory
- Be Right Back! Podcast
- Be Right Back! Book
- CSAT Malena DeMartini
- Be Right Back! App