Separation Anxiety

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You feel guilty when you leave for work, and afraid of what you’ll come home to—a stressed dog, destroyed home, angry neighbors complaining about the incessant barking.

Your dog can learn to be alone peacefully. Let me help.

There’s no condition I can think of that causes more heartbreak and stress for dog and owner both than separation anxiety. Often misunderstood, it’s very treatable. With time, patience, and the right training protocols your dog can learn to happily play and snooze away his alone time.

What Is Separation Anxiety? Why Is This Happening?

Separation anxiety is a canine anxiety disorder. It’s not a behavior, not something your dog chooses. In fact, he has no control over the panic attacks he experiences when left alone—the panic that drives him to bark, chew up doorways and windows in an attempt to escape and find you, or even obsessively lick or chew himself to the point of causing open wounds.

Separation anxiety can be triggered in many ways—being rehomed, a family move, the loss of a household member, a long illness or injury, or a traumatic event can all lead to SA. Some dogs are more prone to developing the condition than others due to temperament and genetic factors.

naughty playful puppy dog after biting a pillowUnfortunately, separation anxiety doesn’t resolve on its own. Left untreated, it tends to become worse over time. And I’m sorry to say that in the vast majority of cases, the addition of a second dog fails to do the trick. Fortunately, separation anxiety can be significantly reduced—even eliminated—through training. The training process is not short, as reversing such a strong phobia takes time, but it is well worth the time, effort, and cost—for you and your dog.

Imagine Being Able To:

  • Leave your dog alone without feeling guilty
  • Focus at work without worrying about what’s happening at home
  • Coming home to a relaxed, happy dog
  • Running errands stress-free
  • Enjoying an evening out

My Separation Anxiety Program

My Separation Anxiety Program

Let’s begin with an initial consult to assess the severity of your dog’s separation anxiety, implement a management plan to take some immediate pressure off you and your dog both, and build a training plan to change how your dog feels about being left alone. Then we’ll put a support package into place to keep you energized and on track throughout the training process.

90-minute Initial Consult: $200
Training Support Sessions: varies

Ready for relief?

Email or call 408.390.1431. I’d love to work together.

Meet Lauren Flato, VMD, CPDT-KA

lauren-and-sportyNowhere is the intersection between Lauren’s veterinary and training credentials put to better use than in the treatment of separation anxiety. Often misunderstood as an untreatable condition, Lauren knows that life-changing results are possible in the treatment of this devastating disorder.

Read more about Lauren and her credentials

Separation Anxiety and Busy Life

We ask a lot of dogs these days, including staying home by themselves and keeping out of trouble for hours and hours on end while we tend to the demands of modern life. It can be a tall order for some dogs, particularly those pre-disposed to anxiety. I provide separation anxiety training programs to concerned owners throughout Silicon Valley, including the cities of Mountain View, Redwood City, Campbell, Santa Clara, Willow Glen, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Cupertino, West San Jose, Los Altos, Los Gatos, and Saratoga.