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Yet another beautifully written book by Nicole Wilde. Nicole combines her expertise in behavior modification with easy to follow guidelines, useful resources, and alternative remedies. This book will be extremely helpful to any owner of a dog with separation issues. --Dr. Ian Dunbar, Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers

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

WINNER Silver Medal Benjamin Franklin Book Awards 2011! --Independent Book Publisher's Association

About the Author

Nicole Wilde is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) who specializes in behavior issues. She is the author of nine books, and presents seminars around the world to trainers, rescue/shelter workers, and dog owners. Nicole is on the Advisory Board for the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, and an Advisory Board member for the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Phantom Publishing (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981722733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981722733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really liked the ideas in here. DAP plugins, types of music to play, puzzle toys, how to desensitize him to your leaving cues, they are all great things. But I had two big problems with this book:

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.
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Separation anxiety is a difficult problem for dog owners that can easily end in the dog losing its home, or worse. Ms. Wilde's book is clearly written and compassionate. She details the issues she has had with her own rescue dog who turned up with a severe case of separation anxiety and because of that really relates to the emotional aspects of trying to deal with this issue and how frustrating it can be. The book offers practical solutions and includes a self-workbook that owners can fill out and follow as they work their way through the behavioral possibilities. You can choose different strategies as you go through the book, depending on your individual dog's presentation.

An excellent book - I can't recommend it highly enough.
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As a professional dog trainer and behavior counselor , I read a lot of books. When a new book by Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA, hits the market, I try and order it "yesterday". I have yet to be disappointed by any of her books...and I have them all. Her books are a wonderful resource for the professional as well as the average pet owner.

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.
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I am a professional dog trainer and Canine Behavior Specialist. I found this book to be "User Friendly". I can envision using it as a handbook in conjuction with a training program. It is written in such a way that families will be able to understand the concepts behind Positive Training Methods and help their fearful canines onto a path of security. I highly recommend Don't Leave Me Alone, along with the other books that Nicole has written.
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As a pet parent for a dog with separation anxiety, I can say that this is THE best book on this tough issue. I have purchased a lot of the books out there regarding the treatment of SA and this book really stands out. She speaks as one who understands the issue first hand and gives a step by step guide to treatment. And not just the basic steps but she goes into all the different treatment options.

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!
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