Is it Separation Anxiety or “Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate”? How to Tell The Difference!

Is it Separation Anxiety or "Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate"? How to Tell The Difference!

The term separation anxiety is often a mislabeling term used in describing a dog that has not been properly taught how to handle being alone. The behavior of a dog that does not like being left alone include, whining, barking, howling, digging, destruction, and just plain upset when they are left. Let’s face it, if you’re home, WHY can’t they be with you right? Actually no, we encourage what we call controlled separation to help a dog develop coding skills in their crate. I tell my clients that a dog has to be “taught” to handle being alone. The best … Continue reading

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Welcoming a puppy into the family is an exciting and busy time spent getting to know the pup, building a bond and of course lots of puppy cuddles! It’s easy to get caught up in house training and basic obedience training, such as learning to sit and walk on the lead, that teaching important puppy life skills might be missed out on. The following life lessons will help your pup to grow into a happy, confident and stable adult dog who is a pleasure to own. Socialisation Early puppy socialisation between 12-16 weeks old is the most crucial stage of … Continue reading

Just How Similar Are Dog’s Emotions to Ours?

Just How Similar Are Dog's Emotions to Ours?

Many people have experienced behavior in their dogs that leads the owner to believe that dogs are capable of feeling emotions similar to those felt by humans. Not only do dogs appear to experience a wide range of emotions, studies show that dogs recognize emotions in other dogs and in humans. The results of a study by a team of animal behaviour experts and psychologists from the University of Lincoln, UK, and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil led the researchers to believe that dogs truly recognise emotions in humans and in other dogs and can discriminate between positive and negative … Continue reading

5 Natural Solutions for Pet Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety Tips for Your Pet Dogs to Put Them at Ease

Anyone who has ever had a dog that suffered with Separation Anxiety knows how heartbreaking it can be to watch your pet in distress.   Before turning to pharmaceuticals, here are some natural remedies that just might help: Sound Sound can be used to help your dog feel like he’s not alone. Leaving the radio or television on, can often be enough to help ease that anxiety. There are also CD’s designed specifically for dogs. A Safe Place A crate can be a safe place for your dog when anxiety sets in. A wire crate can be covered on the … Continue reading

4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Dog While You Travel

4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Dog While You Travel

For many of us, our dogs simply can’t travel everywhere we go. If you are anything like me, you simply won’t fly your dog in cargo unless you have no other option and have to transport them. Which means that you may take vacations or work trips, and you won’t be able to bring your dog. Not being able to bring Rooney with me makes me miss him tremendously when I am gone. Therefore, I try to think of ways to stay connected with him when I travel. Here Are a Few of My Favorite Ideas: 1. Flat Pet BlogPaws … Continue reading

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and How to Manage It

Separation Anxiety Dog Problems of Being Left

Separation anxiety is one of the most debilitating dog problems I see as a canine behavior specialist in Los Angeles. In addition to the many dogs suffering greatly from this condition, it is also frustrating for an owner who is afraid to leave their dog alone for any period of time. This is out of fear their dog will harm themselves or destroy the home when they are gone. I even saw a case where the dog was so overwhelmed by his anxiety that he thought crashing through a window would be a better option than being left alone! Fortunately … Continue reading