Separation anxiety in dogs is a serious condition that has significant impacts on a dog’s wellbeing.
In fact, about 17% of all dogs have separation anxiety and it’s one of the most common reasons why people give up their dog.
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Why I can help you
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 fear of being alone 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 (the tip of the iceberg), but the cause of the behaviour lies much deeper (underneath the surface) 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.
My unique approach to solve separation anxiety uses elements of ‘cognitive behavioural therapy’, in which we gradually modify the pathological fear brain circuits by first activating them and then providing new information that contradicts the pathological, unrealistic associations between being alone and feeling scared.
This is by far the most effective method to address separation anxiety, and many of us scientists now recommend this method.