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I'll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety. Paperback – June 1, 2000
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I think this book is helpful for anyone who has guilty feelings when leaving their dog alone. Whether your dog has behavoiral problems or not, this book can give you advice on how to turn your daily departure from the house into a positive experience.
Key to this program is the ability to leave your dog with someone (or leave someone with your dog :) while working in the tiniest increments imaginable to desensitize (and perhaps counter-condition) your dog to your absence. Both leaving my dog with human company and counter-conditioning her (given her fear was so extreme she would not think of eating) did not work out for me. Thanks to the Web, I was able to find advice better suited to my circumstance. When I had no choice but to leave her for longer periods, I used one location. When I was actively working with her, I used a different location. I also implemented an "independence" program of rewarding any voluntary efforts on my dog's part to be somewhere other than glued to me.
Later, when with the help of medication her frantic state lessened, I did actually include most of the suggestions in this book in our program. After 6 months, we were able to wean off the meds. She still doesn't enjoy seeing me go, and she is still confined to limit her powers of destruction (I give her acceptable outlets for her "need to shred") but together we have survived one of the hardest trials in doggiedom.
I do agree that the level of detail in this book is exceptional, as is the section on deciding whether your dog has SA, or other issues. But you may still need to shop around for additional advice to fit your needs.
1. Make your comings and goings uneventful and routine. Commit to practicing leaving the house for intervals of 5, 10, 30, 60 SECONDS (yes, that's right, seconds) until you are working up to 2 hours successfully. The research is right - if you can get up to 2 hours successfully alone, you are on your way.
2. Give your pup extra special treats when you are leaving the house. Frozen kong stuffed with salmon treats and banana, and a hollowed out bone filled with wet dog food and frozen worked well for us. She only gets this when I leave the house and we finally have the reaction the research said to look for - "they will be happy for you to leave because they know they are getting their special treat". This only works for food motivated dogs however.
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This includes some great information if your dog dies have separation anxiety. I will be trying this and looking forward to a calm and happy dog when I leave the house!Published 4 days ago
Great resource for working with dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. Tips from this book were easy to implement and were effective in helping our dog.Published 25 days ago by M.Evans
Great book really helped me and our Yorkie with separation anxiety highly recommendPublished 2 months ago by Desert Rat
I can't thank Patricia McConnell enough for this book. Our daughter had wanted a dog for 10 years, and we finally got her one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynn B.
My rescue dog will hurt himself if left alone in a crate or enclosed space. I got this book hoping it would be helpful. It was to a degree. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mystery Reader