One day, my husband and I brought home the sweet treasure that is our dog, Percy. In my eyes, he has always been a perfect gem. There was just one problem: the poor boy had separation anxiety.
This threw quite a wrench in our lives. With a pup who couldn’t stand to be left alone, it was nearly impossible for us to commit to social engagements or even pop over to the grocery for milk. It broke our heart to see him struggling like this (and if you know me, you know I’m a cryer when it comes to dogs, so there were buckets of tears involved).
Like you, we tried it ALL. Crate training. Crying it out. Trying to be the “alpha.” None of it worked - and to be honest, none of it made me feel like a very good dog mum.
Disheartened, I turned to science and learned everything I possibly could about fear, learning science, dog behavior, and separation anxiety. Using evidence-based research, patience, and lots of trial and error, I eventually trained Percy to be okay while we were away using a method so simple, I’m not sure why we didn’t think of it sooner.