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I'll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety. Kindle Edition
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good info on seperation anxiety, and well written. Short chapters. Easy to understand.Published 6 days ago by Westie Mom
Very informative quick read! My 9 month old puppy has had separation anxiety since we got him at 8 weeks, which has mostly resolved by leaving him with a tasty stuffed Kong... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Rachael Sottile
If you don't know the difference between Separation Anxiety and NOT separation anxiety, buy this. It's more of a brochure, really. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Sam Fox
Loved this little booklet! Helped me understand my dogs separation anxiety and helped me to work on solutions to make her more comfortable. Clear and easy to understandPublished 20 days ago by Kitty Lover
Just picked up and read this book, great ideas! Workable plan that I'm implementing starting today. New puppy, completely velcroed to my side for 3 weeks, really need some help to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David J Allex
Best book about SA every! Has helped me help a few foster dogs.Published 3 months ago by Gary, Renee
Patricia McConnell is so wise and easy to follow. I have been able to train my new adopted dog very quickly thanks to this book and other by her.Published 3 months ago by Jean H. Lowe
Great short, easy read by one of my favorite authors, Patricia McConnell.Published 4 months ago by Car Cleaner