Whether you are a dog trainer or owner (or both, of course), one of the most difficult behavioral issues to manage and treat is separation anxiety. Not only is this problem normally difficult to solve, it can be gut-wrenching to have to endure and sometimes very dangerous for the dog who suffers from it. There really are no quick fixes for the more severe cases, but there is hope if the proper management and behavioral modification (and sometimes medical) procedures are followed and the owner/trainer can devote the time necessary to follow-through consistently with what needs to be done. Fortunately the literature available on this subject is growing, some tailored more for trainers and some directed at owners. Just the past week we have been able to add James OHeares Canine Separation Anxiety Workbook to the list of resources available. So if you have this problem, there is now no shortage of books to refer to by many leading trainers:
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How to Make Your Dog Come Without Being a Butthead by Mike Deathe. The goal of teaching you how to get you pooch to come back to you when you call them is secondary. My primary goal is to get you to think about dog training in a different way!
Five Steps to the Perfect Pet by Mike Deathe. Over the past several years, I found there were five articles from my blog that became more and more popular. These five got more views, comments and results than any of my other articles. In fact, my first session with clients often focused on these five topics as a way to jump-start training and leadership not to mention helping with owner frustration.
Rescue Your Dog From Fear: Tried-and-True Techniques to Help Your Dog Feel Secure by Peggy Swager. When dealing with previously abused or naturally skittish dogs, its easy to get frustrated. Often, all we want is to tell our beloved pets there is no need to be afraid. When Peggy Swager adopted two mill dogs from her local rescue center, all the books in the world couldnt help her ease her new pups.
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