Calm Canines: An Online Course to Manage Separation Anxiety

Lower your dog's stress levels, reduce anxiety, and improve your relationship.
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Does your dog have separation anxiety? Or are you a dog trainer working with separation anxiety?

Do you struggle to leave your dog alone without them becoming distressed, barking excessively and displaying destructive behaviours?

It’s heart-wrenching to see your dog suffer when you have to leave them alone. And I understand you want to help them to feel comfortable alone as soon as possible.

But did you know that there are steps you should take BEFORE starting to build up the alone time? It’s critical to first help your dog to feel calmer and improve your relationship. In this way, you’ll build a solid foundation by working on your dog’s emotional state and social needs.

Do you recognize this?

And all you want is to help your dog to feel more calm and relaxed.

What to do when your dog has separation anxiety

There are many different aspects to think of before you should even start training your dog to be alone. A critical factor in helping your dog with separation anxiety is to improve the emotional state of your dog. Research has shown that dogs with separation anxiety have an underlying negative emotional state, even when they’re not alone. Therefore, a lot of separation anxiety is driven by negative emotions, which may include both depressive and anxious emotions.

This negative underlying emotional state – also called mood – is most often due to excess stress in the dog’s life and by the dog’s environment not always matching the dog’s individual needs. So the main purpose of this self-paced course is to address the negative mood and teach you how to manage your dog’s stress levels and take a critical look at their environment.

Reducing your dog’s stress is important for several reasons. First of all, stress can have negative effects on your dog’s physical health. Just like in humans, stress can cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, and over time, it can lead to a weakened immune system and other health problems. Additionally, stress can change your dog’s behaviour. Your dog may engage in destructive behaviors, such as chewing, digging, or scratching, which can be frustrating and expensive to deal with. They may also struggle to adjust to new situations and appear to be generally restless, or even anxious.

Reducing your dog’s stress can also improve their overall quality of life. Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety often feel anxious and distressed even when you’re around, which can make it difficult for them to enjoy normal activities like playing, eating, and sleeping. By helping your dog feel more calm and relaxed, you can improve their mood and help them enjoy life to the fullest.

Finally, helping your dog to feel better can also benefit your own mental health. Dogs are sensitive creatures, and it can be heartbreaking to see your dog in distress. By taking steps to help your dog feel more comfortable and secure, you can feel more confident and relaxed once you’re ready to start working on the separation anxiety itself.

This course is for you if

How to take this course?

In three simple steps

Step 1

Enroll in the course

Step 2

Watch the videos, read the text, fill out the workbooks, do the exercises and join the live Q&A.

Step 3

Transform your dog from stressed and anxious to calm and happy. While improving your relationship at the same time.

Meet your teacher

Hi, I’m Dr. Else and I’m a scientist specialising in dog behaviour, cognition, stress, anxiety and the neuro-endocrinology that controls these processes. I have helped hundreds of animals overcome their stress and fear over the last 15 years. 

My vision is that behavioural problems are only the surface of the real issue. We often only pay attention once our dog’s behaviour is undesirable, but the cause of the behaviour lies much deeper and started long before we first noticed it. 

We can only change our dog’s behavioural patterns and ‘break’ the cycle of anxiety when we begin to understand why dogs behave the way they do, and by meeting their underlying emotional needs. An important part of my approach is therefore to address their underlying emotional needs long before we start addressing the separation anxiety itself, which is why I created this course.

Dr. Else Verbeek

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What you will learn in this course:

Understand and recognize stress in your dog.

How to identify stress triggers.

How to help your dog to feel more relaxed.

Understand why and how chronic stress is linked to separation anxiety.

Understanding predictability and controllability.

How to create a predictable goodbye routine to help your dog cope when you leave the house.

How to build better stress resilience.

Understand behavioural needs.

Knowing the importance of activity, rest and sleep.

Improve your relationships and attachment to your dog.

How to build more trust.

Understand the principles of separation anxiety training.

Course content delivery

This self-study course is conveniently offered by email. Every 2-4 days you’ll receive an email directly in your inbox. The learning materials consists of written texts, exercises, worksheets and videos.

You will receive 14 lessons spread over 40 days, with over 5 hours of video content. This will give you the time to work through the exercises and make a real difference to your dog’s well-being.

Note that this is NOT a separation anxiety training program. Rather, the purpose of this course is to prepare you for separation anxiety training.

In the end, we’ll also briefly discuss the best approach to start training your dog to overcome separation anxiety. This course will have laid the foundation for success in your training program.

There is also the possibility to ask questions via email.

Will you join us?

Are you ready to start helping your dog feel more relaxed and improve your relationship? Improve your knowledge and skills so that you’re able to help your dog to feel great!

Calm canines course

Reduce your dog's stress levels for a better relationship.
  • Evidence-based online DIY course
  • Experienced and qualified teacher
  • Theory and practical exercises
  • Over 5 hours of video lectures
  • Worksheets
  • Unlimited access to course materials
  • Money back guarantee*