DWAA Nominee of Best Training and Behavior Book
Does Your Dog Hate to be Left Alone? Does your dog destroy things when you're away? Does he bark, howl, or have potty accidents in the house? Do you come home to a dog who is wild-eyed and panting? If so, your dog may have a separation issue. But not to worry! The solution is right here in your hands. This interactive workbook will guide you step by step to teach your dog to feel comfortable when left alone.
You'll learn about:
* The role of management, nutrition, and exercise * Whether pharmacological intervention could help * How to build your dog's confidence * Creative management solutions * Step-by-step behavior modification protocols * Alternative therapies that can be invaluable * How to put it all together in a customized plan
Yet another beautifully written book by Nicole Wilde. Nicole combines her expertise in behavior modification with easy to follow guidelines, useful resources, and alternative remedies. This book will be extremely helpful to any owner of a dog with separation issues. Ian Dunbar, Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
As someone who (long ago) dealt first hand with a dog who had severe separation anxiety, I wish that way back then I'd had the information contained in Nicole Wilde's gentle and compassionate book, 'Don't Leave Me!' Holistic, thoughtful and clear, 'Don't Leave Me!' offers solid practical information for owners struggling with how best to help a dog suffering from separation anxiety. Wilde's own experience with S/A, combined with her professional expertise, is behind her understanding of all she discusses and recommends. Options range from time proven behavioral modification to psychotherapeutics to some promising new nutraceuticals and even pressure wraps, and how best to decide which combination of options may be most effective. Highly recommended, this book is a gift for those trying to help the dogs. - Suzanne Clothier, author, And Bones Would Rain from the Sky
Although this book is aimed at owners, professional dog trainers and behavior specialists will find a wealth of information and specific tricks and tips to share with their clients as well.
What reviewers are saying...
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"An Excellent Guide, Very Highly Recommended For some dogs, being alone is a terrifying prospect. "Don't Leave Me!: Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety" is a guide for pet owners who want to help their dogs not freak out when they are left alone for a few hours or day. From nutrition to training and other therapies, Nicole Wilde will teacher dog lovers what they need to know to keep that bond strong but not so much it cripples your dog. "Don't Leave Me!" is an excellent guide, very highly recommended." James A. Cox
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This is still the easiest-to-understand booklet for dog owners to have a quick reference for the components of a Separation Anxiety plan. If I am creating a behavior plan, to fill in the individual details, this is still my go-to recommended reading for my clients.
I'm a separation anxiety specialist and was surprised by the vague and ineffective guidance put forth by this book. It will only serve to place readers on a path of disappointment and frustration since the essentials elements for turning this behavior around - training a dog to relax in response to their owner's departure routine - is never mentioned. People reading this book will go through the motions of trying to help their dog and end up feeling hopeless with the advice presented does not work. This book should not be put forth as a solution as it only represents Nicole Wilde's lack of clarity on how to solve this issue.