Training a dog has a lot in common with losing weight. Why? Because we try lots of different things, hoping we’ll find that one elusive silver bullet. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight you’ll know how it goes. You pick a diet, give it a try, find out it doesn’t work. So you give […]
If you put 10 dog trainers in a room and get them to debate, what’s the only thing they all agree on? They’re right and everyone else in the room is wrong. I was at a conference at Best Friends in Kanab, UT last week. There was a lot of debating right and wrong among […]
Have you heard the one about how getting a second dog will fix your dog’s separation anxiety? You’ll read a ton of commentators on social media pitching in it did the trick for their dog. So, is this the magic cure you’ve been searching for? Maybe. But most likely not, because a simple (we’ll come […]
Have you ever dug your heels in about something you’re 100% committed to? Been very vocal in defending it in the face of contradictory evidence? Let’s face it. We all have! Psychologists have a nifty little term for this behaviour: cognitive dissonance. Ok, not so little. And not so nifty. But in a nutshell, it’s […]
Last year, I took my dog in for elective dental treatment. While he’s long recovered from his separation anxiety, I’m always wary of situations that might cause regressions. Vet visits – especially those involving treatment – can be scary for any animal, let alone a separation anxiety dog. When you have a dog with separation […]
With so much going on, it’s understandable that separation anxiety training might not be top of mind over the holidays. Here are some of our tips for keeping you and him on track over this busy period.