Is your dog destroying your home and furnishings, causing noise complaints with endless barking, and impossible to crate? Do you feel like you've tried everything?
If you have been suffering alongside your dog long enough, let's talk. Separation Anxiety may be a complex beast that tests your patience (and your neighbours'!) and denies you your freedom, but it doesn't have to be that way.
You've scoured the internet for advice, talked to family, friends, and other dog-lovers. The advice you've been given sounded promising but so far, nothing has worked.
You're debating hiring a trainer or behaviourist to come in and help you fix this once and for all.
You need immediate relief and long-term results.
There is help. I promise!
But don't you need to see the behaviour in-person?
No. Absolutely not. How would we? Home alone issues happen when dogs are...home alone.
Picture this: your trainer comes to your home, you give them a quick tour, you both sit down to have a conversation about your dog's isolation distress, and your trainer says "let's see what happens when we leave" and you walk out the door together. ..... you'd have to peer in the windows or watch the dog on the camera from your doorstep ... but what benefit does that have? Your dog will likely act a little different with a trainer present and the absence will not give an accurate read.
Now picture this: you meet your trainer via web-conferencing software, you give a quick tour of the home so that they can jot down a floor plan, you have a conversation about your dog's isolation distress, and your trainer says "let's see what happens when you leave" and you set up your computer/tablet/webcam for the trainer to watch your dog, and you walk out the door with your cell phone in hand. For the next 30 seconds, your trainer observes your dog exhibiting the behaviour you're concerned about and texts you to come back in because she's seen enough. The absence was very organic and the read is accurate. Your trainer can now provide you with a step-by-step plan, coach you through it LIVE right there, and work out any kinks.
Why pay more to have someone come to your home so that they can see....less?
You don't need an in-home assessment for a behaviour challenge that happens when you're not home.
In-home training doesn't have a single advantage! In fact, it has more than one disadvantage. You need eyes on the ground and regular support. That's what we do.
Lessons with clear and detailed information on Separation Anxiety
Science-based advice that does not rely on gimmicks and quick-fixes
Recorded video assessments of real dogs with Separation Anxiety
Step-by-step training plans
Workbooks and cheat-sheets (fillable and printable so that you have a clear path to follow)
Educational interview with a Veterinary Behaviourist on the topic of anti-anxiety medications and natural supplements
A group discussion board for additional support and cheerleading
One 60min virtual assessment with your Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer ($125 value)
In January 2015, I was referred to Caryn - and it changed our lives. We followed Caryn's protocol for about a month. By the end of it we had our happy boy back! It was incredible. It is difficult to put into words how amazing Caryn is - from educating us about our dog's behaviour to the 1-on-1 coaching and constant support - we owe a great deal of Atlas' happiness to her.
When I check in on him through Skype, he's always sleeping soundly and doesn't even wait by the door. When I come home, he'll wake up to come greet me, whereas he used to wait by the door.
The training you gave was what he needed and with small steps, he's a happier dog. I think he's finally got it that I will always come back to him. Thanks for all your help. It took some time, but he's getting better as the days go by.
I know that feeling of dread as you lock your door, knowing your dog is panicking and your neighbours will be upset. The same feeling of dread that you're experiencing when you're coming home and you know to expect a disaster zone and a very anxious dog.
I adopted Parker (German Shepherd/Husky mix) in 2003 only to find out that he could not be left alone due to his severe isolation distress. He would bark and howl for hours on end, resulting in noise complaints and eviction notices. He would destroy my baseboards and doorframes, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of repairs. I spent another thousand dollars on training that didn't work, gimmicks, anxiety wraps, food toys and bark collars. I was at the end of my rope.
I found a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer who worked with me almost daily and within a few months, I could leave Parker alone and stress-free for 4 hours. I got my life back! I was so inspired that I too became a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer and even co-taught the trainer course with the founder!
I have been where you are and I can help you get to the point where you can leave your dog alone without all the gimmicks. I am a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) and I can help you get your life back.