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Don't Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety Paperback – November 11, 2010
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As someone who (long ago) dealt first hand with a dog who had severe separation anxiety, I wish that way back then I'd had the information contained in Nicole Wilde's gentle and compassionate book, 'Don't Leave Me!' Holistic, thoughtful and clear, 'Don't Leave Me!' offers solid practical information for owners struggling with how best to help a dog suffering from separation anxiety. Wilde's own experience with S/A, combined with her professional expertise, is behind her understanding of all she discusses and recommends. Options range from time proven behavioral modification to psychotherapeutics to some promising new nutraceuticals and even pressure wraps, and how best to decide which combination of options may be most effective. Highly recommended, this book is a gift for those trying to help the dogs. --Suzanne Clothier, author, And Bones Would Rain from the Sky
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1. Deciding whether or not to crate your dog. If he's destructive when you leave, but content to chill in his crate, you should crate him. If he's anxious in his crate, but doesn't destroy anything while you're away, then keep him loose in the house. Well, that's all great, but what if he's both destructive when alone AND anxious in his crate?! I've spent hours upon hours, week after week, scouring the internet for ways to make him love his crate but he is just not adapting. He even chewed through and escaped out of one plastic crate. Plus he destroys things around the house while we're away anyway, and he's fully exercised and has enough long-lasting chews and Kongs to busy himself with. We don't have a yard, so we can't try the doggy door approach. I just wished she explained what to do if neither crating nor letting the dog run loose were obvious choices, I would imagine we're not the only ones with a dog like that and it's a pretty big hole to leave in a training book like this.
2. She kept saying not to leave your dog long enough to push his threshold. This can takes weeks or months worth of training. Of COURSE that's ideal, but many people work out of the house from 8am-5pm, do not have friends we can leave the dog with, and cannot afford doggy day cares every single day. I wish she formulated an approach for people to try on evenings and weekends while having to leave him alone during the day. I bought this book based on the reviews here, and cannot implement any of the actual training because I will inevitably have to leave the next morning, setting our progress back to the beginning. So, thanks for the ideas for physical "tools" like treats, toys, plugins, music, and exercises, but I guess I will just have to "wing it" as far as actual training goes.
An excellent book - I can't recommend it highly enough.
Don't Leave Me!, is Nicole's most recent book, and deals with separation anxiety issues. In addition to Nicole's style of writing, humor and her attention to detail, what separates this book from other "step by step" help books is the "personal" perspective from which it is written. Although Nicole has been a canine behavior specialist for many years and the book is oriented toward helping owners with their own dogs, Nicole also describes how she chose to deal with her own dog's separation anxiety. Being a "dog mom" to her "Sierra" has brought Nicole to a new plateau of understanding with regard to what owners of such dogs are living with day to day. Her enhanced compassion and empathy is clearly evident throughout her book. In addition to her own story, Nicole also includes stories from other professional trainers and owners that show how they were able to help manage and/or solve Separation Anxiety.
"Don't Leave Me!" covers everything you need to know and understand about Separation Anxiety. With a detailed explanation of what Separation Anxiety is, what may cause it and how it differs from Isolation Anxiety. Coupled with step by step ways to manage it, Nicole provides the reader with wonderful resources and "tools", to assist the owner in successfully addressing their dog's separation issues. And, there is an additional bounus too - Nicole provides sample treatment plans and worksheets to further assist the owner.Read more ›
The back of the book states that
"You'll learn about:
-The role of management, nutrition and exercise
-Whether pharmacological intervention could help
-How to build your dog's confidence
-Creative management solutions
-Step-by-step behavior modification protocols
-Alternative therapies that can be invaluable
-How to put it all together in a customized plan"
And that is all there in this book.
As one who knows just how hard it is to deal with a dog who suffers from separation anxiety, I can tell you to get this book, commit to working through the steps and you will not be sorry!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book does list a number of excellent resources , but doesn't provide step by step help for anything. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cat
I am extremely pleased with this helpful book.
Reading it helped me assess accurately where my dog's separation anxiety is on the scale from minor to severe. Read more
Thorough discussion and great suggestions. This books helped us understand what our shelter pup was going through and gave practical suggestions for working through his anxiety. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CWolf177
This book has some great information and ideas for working with any dog suffering from seperation anxiety!Published 5 months ago by Sam
Good book with some great ideas to try. As always each dog is different and it may or may not work. LOLPublished 7 months ago by DKK
The book tells me that I have been doing the right thing all along and that is why I have not had much trouble. Read morePublished 9 months ago by William A. Cook Jr.
The book does a good job explaining separation anxiety and the seriousness of this condition, but I got lost in the steps to counter condition the behavior.Published 10 months ago by L K
Apparently anyone can write a book if the publisher knows nothing about the subject matter.Published 10 months ago by hopeful9