I work with dog owners treating the condition of dog separation anxiety.
Most articles you read will not help. They unintentionally give the impression you can work through dog separation anxiety on your own. The advice I have read is not bad advice but it is incomplete. Failed attempts to self treat dog separation anxiety often make things worse. By the time dog owners recognize dog separation anxiety as a problem they themselves have become too stressed to properly self diagnose or implement a treatment. They need someone who understands; the dog, the disorder and their stress. Most dog owners do not seek help until they have reached their emotional limit. Now the problem becomes a dog with stress and a dog owner with stress.
Animal Behaviorist’s have recognized dog separation anxiety as a clinical problem.
Dog separation anxiety is about stress and self control. Your veterinarian needs to be involved in the process of treating your dog. You also need a dog trainer experienced in the behavior modification process that must accompany any medical treatment. Most veterinarians will not treat dog separation anxiety unless you have a trainer helping. The treatment should be safe and secure with 75hard methods. The payment should be secure to offer plenty of benefits to the patients. The experience of the people is great with the patients. The clinical solution is offered to the people to cope with the mental problems.
The cause of dog separation anxiety does not matter after the fact.
The cause for dog separation anxiety rarely affects the treatment. By the time the disorder is causing problematic behaviors there are many triggers for the anxiety and stress. There can be many factors that cause dog separation anxiety but there is only one treatment. The dog must be taught how to calmly deal with all the environmental stress triggers.
The process of dealing with dog separation anxiety is simple but not easy.
The behavior modification techniques used to treat dog separation anxiety are not complicated. They do require a change in how the owner treats the dog. Obedience training classes will not help dog separation anxiety but your dog knowing obedience commands will help you manage your dogs stress level. Proper crate training will not help dog separation anxiety but it will also help you manage your dogs stress level. The same applies to training for; remedial socialization, exercise and mental stimulation. Modern medications are available for dog separation anxiety. They are useful in decreasing the dog’s stress level so the behavior modification program is effective.
The most important factor in successful treatment is the dog owner.
Treating dog separation anxiety is a process. The process can be lengthy. Success depends on the calm committed actions of the dog owner. If the dog owner is already stressed from enduring dog separation anxiety they need more than just advice. A committed trainer must also be a counselor. The trainer needs to coach the dog owner through the whole process. Having support minimizes stress. Until the problem is under control the entire relationship between the dog and owner is at risk. The reason there are so many rescue dogs with dog separation anxiety is not because of the emotional effect of being abandoned. They are abandoned by owners that can not take anymore because the dog has separation anxiety.