Separation Anxiety is One of the Most Common Issues We See in Dogs and it is One That Will Rarely Solve Itself.

What is Dog Separation Anxiety?

Whether in a puppy or an adult dog, separation anxiety is when your dog exhibits extreme stress from the time you leave him alone until you return.

The symptoms can vary, but he will act as if he’s terrified to be in the house on his own. Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, is known as an SA expert says that “although we can’t know for sure what’s in a dog’s mind, we can think of SA as the equivalent of a panic attack.

Separation anxiety is one of the most common issues we see in dogs and it is one that will rarely solve itself.” As pack animals by nature, when a member of the pack goes “missing” a dog feels extreme anxiety. In order to cope with this anxiety, a dog turns to often destructive or high-stress habits. Here at Exceptional Canines In Home Dog Training we have the skills to teach you and your dog the right treatment programs based on your Initial Session  to help your dog gain the self-confidence to be alone and feel secure, and most of all conquer their fears.

Typical Signs of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Typical Causes of Separation

What's the Difference Between Separation Anxiety and Normal Canine Behavior?

The American Kennel Society Says “Separation anxiety is a serious condition, and it goes beyond the occasional mournful whimper when you leave the house or the shredded sock waiting for you upon your return. It’s also not the same as boredom, and unlike a little mischief when your dog is left alone, separation anxiety is the result of legitimate stress.

Before labeling destroyed cushions or potty accidents as SA, be sure it’s not a case of inadequate training. Does your dog truly understand good manners, even when you’re not watching him? Is he 100% potty trained? One of the best ways to see what’s really going on in your absence is to audio or videotape your dog’s behavior while you’re away.”

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Exceptional Canines certified in-home dog trainers specialize in dog training, puppy training, aggressive dog training, leash reactivity, lack of confidence issues, potty training, not coming when called, and  bad behavior change for dogs in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding cities like, Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Peoria, Surprise, Glendale, Tempe, Avondale, Mesa. We also service the Northern Arizona areas of Prescott, Prescott Ridge, Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Dewey, Camp Verde, Sedona, Queen Creek


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