Are you desperate to be able to leave your dog without them falling apart?

You’ve come to the right place. I can help you to treat separation anxiety in your dog.

DEALING WITH DOG SEPARATION ANXIETY

Your dog’s separation anxiety can be fixed, and I would like to show you how.

MEET YOUR DOG SEPARATION ANXIETY BEHAVIOURIST

River McDonald

TRY MY 4 WEEKS DOG SEPARATION ANXIETY TRAINING STARTER PACKAGE

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With my 4 weeks package, you will enjoy the benefit of a programme individually tailored for you and your dog. You’ll get a professional assessment of your dog’s condition, weekly video calls and Whatsapp support, and most importantly, bespoke separation anxiety dog training exercises designed to progress your furry friend at a pace that sets them up for success! All of these benefits are included for the bargain price of £480.

Dog  separation anxiety is a tough problem to solve, and whilst it is incredibly rare to fix the problem in just a few short weeks, my 4 weeks package will give you the tools and  confidence you need to keep making progress and get back to the life you’ve been dreaming of!

Best of all, I work the package through video link and online support, so wherever you are in the world I can help. Simply click the button below and select your preferred date and time for your first consultation, or read on if you would like to know more!

YOU LOVE YOUR DOG BUT YOU FEEL LIKE THEY ARE RUINING YOUR LIFE

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Even pre-lockdown, you’d long since said goodbye to spontaneity, big nights out, and nipping to the shop for that missing ingredient or a pint of milk. And as the world starts to return to “normal” you are dreading leaving your dog more than ever. You know the past few months will have made things worse, not better.

You may even be amongst the large group of dog owners who didn’t see a problem before lockdown, but you know your dog and you know how much they have loved having you home these past weeks. You are desperate to get back to normal life – meeting friends, going to the pub or a café, even seeing work colleagues again. You need to make your dog understand everything is going to be okay – so how are you going to do this? And what if it doesn’t work?

BEFORE you waste any more time or money on quick fixes, books, herbal remedies or pheromone treatments, AND

BEFORE you spend another minute beating yourself up for not being able to solve this problem, I need you to know TWO things:

IT. IS. NOT. YOUR. FAULT.

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IT’S A REALLY TOUGH PROBLEM.

HOW MY 4 WEEKS DOG SEPARATION ANXIETY PACKAGE WORKS
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Book your video consult and assessment slot!

Give me an hour of your time. We’ll have a chat about what’s been happening, I will guide you through some simple but essential assessment exercises and then I’ll let you know where you need to start to get on the right path to help your dog.

Receive your first bespoke exercise the very same day.

Get cracking with your exercise and then feedback the results.

Receive your next bespoke exercise and continue your path to freedom! Every week we will have an additional half hour catch up chat, and I will give you my Whatsapp number for any questions you might have during the course of your training. My aim is to help you cure your dog’s separation anxiety as quickly as possible.

After your initial 4 weeks I will give you the option to continue unsupported, with full support for an additional 4 weeks, or to book the odd catch up here and there, whichever route suits you best!

With my help, in the first 4 weeks Cleo achieved enough home alone time for Claire to pop out to the local corner shop. By month two they were well on their way to an hour of stress free, relaxed time apart!

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Is it possible to “Cure” dog separation anxiety?

The first thing I need you to know about Separation Anxiety:

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TREATING SEPARATION ANXIETY IN DOGS: WHAT

WORKS?

Crating your dog?

Leaving them with food or treats?

Wearing your jacket and shoes

around the house

Putting on the radio or TV when you leave so they have“company”?

Shutting them in a separate room so they can learn to handle time away from you?

Popping out for short spells, hoping they will

learn to relax and trust you will be back?

Herbal remedies or anti-anxiety medications?

Picking up your keys a hundred times a day?

Work with someone who is experienced and qualified (I hold a masters in Animal Behaviour and have treated hundreds of dogs for behaviour issues!).

Work with kindness and confidence, knowing you are getting 6the very best for your dog and yourself;

Use ONLY tried and tested techniques based on scientific evidence

Full coaching and support via Whatsapp, 5 days per week

Work at your own pace – receive as many or as few exercises as you want over the course of the month;

Enjoy weekly video catch ups where we can run exercises together, trouble shoot or discuss future plans and targets;

No confusing or lengthy training plans just simple to follow exercises.

Learn my methods so you can run with it after the first month!

Ready to get started?
Book your 4 weeks package for only £480

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Over the course of your 1 month programme you will receive:

  • Your initial 1 hour video assessment call (via Zoom), to evaluate the level of your dog’s problem and appropriate starting point for their programme;
  • A recording of your initial video assessment and recommendations;
  • Your personalized training exercises (the total number provided will depend both on my recommendations and on how many you want to do – we usually aim for 4-5 per week, so around 16-20 over the course of the month but it is entirely up to you – and of course your dog!)
  • Three half hour follow up calls (via Zoom) in weeks 2, 3 and 4 of your programme (so we can catch up and keep everything on track!);
  • Monday to Friday Whatsapp support – ask me any questions or let me know when you’ve done your exercises!
  • Supporting notes, handouts and references where appropriate to the individual case.

Because I am so confident you will want to book the month’s package, but I know you’re probably torn about where to invest your money, I offer a full no-quibble refund if you don’t feel confident after our first video call.

On booking your initial call, you pay ONLY for your initial call. If you are not completely satisfied afterwards there is no obligation to continue and you can request a full refund, no questions ask (although feedback is always welcome!).

On receiving your first exercise you will receive an invoice for the remainder of the month’s programme. You then have 48 hours to pay the balance and activate the rest of your package.

The COVID lockdown has allowed me to appreciate just how much more effective remote support packages are! In the old days, if I was visiting your house to assess your dog, we would have a chat and then we would either leave and watch your dog on camera or I would factor this into the training plan. So this way we can much more quickly and effectively assess the situation without my presence potentially influencing your dogs behaviour. I get to see them as natural and as close to their normal setup as possible, which is of huge benefit!

If you need extra help getting set up for video calls, we would be more than happy to help. On booking you will receive setup instructions and our contact details should you require further help getting things ready. Don’t worry, we’ve got you!

There are very few situations in which SA will “just go way” and in those where there isn’t a concerted effort from the owner my suspicion is always that it was never truly separation anxiety in the first place (boredom can easily be mistaken for SA, for example). Our initial assessment call will pick up if there is a problem other than separation anxiety, and I will advise if this is the case and provide if requested an alternative treatment plan.

Sadly, more often than not I see a delay in treatment resulting in a delay in recovery, and in many cases it becomes harder for the dog to recover, recovery is unpredictable/ unstable or is a much slower process. These cases are still treatable but take so much more time and energy and we often have to substantially lower our expectations for what the dog will ultimately be able to handle.

Anxiety is horrible, as you will know as you are living it alongside your dog. The quicker we can start providing relief from that anxiety the better it is for everyone 

To say whether we can meet a target we first have to set one, and part of our initial process will be what we decide will be a “win” for you and your dog. We will set our targets together, so that we all know what we are aiming for.

When talking about “fixing” separation anxiety, it is easy to think of being able to leave our dogs without a care for several hours. And whilst this may ultimately be something a dog can learn to tolerate; we also have to understand that such a situation will naturally bring anxiety at a certain point (as you will know if you’ve ever waited uncertainly for a loved one to return home).

Lockdown has given us all a taste of how stressful it is to be trapped indoors with no hope of social interaction, no enriching activities, no freedom, and no constructive routine. We have video games, the ability to prepare snacks, connect to our friends remotely and even to access a toilet when we need to, however our dogs can do none of this and must await our return to once again have access to all of the things that give their lives comfort and meaning.

This is a huge ask, and dogs being wonderful creatures, can learn to tolerate our absence but they are never going to love it.

When I talk about “fixing” separation anxiety, I am mindful of the individual situation, and I like to celebrate each milestone as we meet them. The kind of targets I like to help people meet range from having a shower in peace (at home “absence”), popping to the corner shop (5-10 mins absence), leaving the dog until dog walker can come (30 mins), popping for a pint at the local (45 mins), catching up with a friend for coffee (1 hour), or coming home from work after the dog walker has dropped them off (3 hours). Obviously all of these are dependent upon individual needs and wants, but I hope you can see that it’s less about “fixing” separation anxiety, and more about helping the dog learn that these absences are normal, inevitable and nothing to worry about.

Starting with an intensive month means that I can pass on lots of useful knowledge and skills and give you the confidence to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I want to give you as much of my insight as possible to maximise your success, and the minimum amount of time to do this in, I have discovered, is a month!

It is so great that you are asking this question! You have probably realized that “Behaviourist” is not a protected title in the United Kindgom and what this means is that basically anyone can call themselves a behaviourist without even so much as doing a 2 hour course they found on Groupon!

To put your mind at ease, I can tell you that I hold a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSC in Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare , and I am a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). I am awaiting assessment for my clinical certification, which would give me the highest honour of being a Clinical Companion Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), but I am not there just yet (cheers Covid!).

Even more important than the bits of paper though, is the fact that I have worked on hundreds of behaviour cases and have extensive experience not only with separation anxiety in dogs but also with aggression, which is an area of behaviour work I am also very passionate about. If you have any questions about my qualifications and experience feel free to ask me at our initial video consult!

One of the most frequently asked questions and an area many approach with trepidation is whether their dog will need medication for their separation anxiety. I am not a veterinarian, and this is very much a discussion I encourage clients to have with their dog’s vet if we feel it is appropriate to their case. However, I do encourage clients to remain open minded as the right medication can be extremely helpful in giving a dog with separation anxiety the best possible chance at beating it. I won’t push you towards medication for your dog if I don’t think they need it, but I might suggest that we explore the options if I think it will help.

Many separation anxiety dog owners express regret that they didn’t get their dog on the right medication to start with, but I do understand the hesitations (and indeed lived it with my previous dog, an extremely anxious little collie). We will have thorough discussion about it as part of your package, and you can rest assured I will never judge you for any of the decisions you make about your dog. I am here to find what works for you.

The best way to start treating separation anxiety is to stop leaving your dog. I get that this seems counter intuitive, however triggering your dog’s fear response again and again only makes things become more ingrained.

HOWEVER, I do appreciate it is hard, if not impossible for some people not to leave their dogs, and so although this is not ideal, it is life and we work with what we get.

There are many creative solutions to suspending absences, so all I ask is that you do the best you can and understand that progress is likely to be slower if it is not possible to completely suspend absences. I know you are doing the best you can and I want to help you see as much fruit from your labour as possible.