Separation Anxiety

I remember when I first started out as a trainer it seemed like the majority of the calls I was getting from clients had to do with separation anxiety.  You know what it looks like, your dog follows you around the house not wanting you to get out of sight and some cases get pretty extreme.  I've heard of people sitting on the couch at night and they get up to go to the bathroom and their dog follows them the entire way right into the bathroom with them.  If the owner shut the door to keep them out the dog would scratch and claw at the door, I can't imagine living like that.  My strategy then was to make sure the dog got plenty of exercise to tire them out and to make sure the dog was walked correctly. 


Fast forward about 10 years and I now understand the importance of impulse control.  This is a "game changer" in my mind, this will put many different aspects of your relationship with your dog into one training session from control to relaxation to reward. This is an excellent exercise for dogs that lunge, get excited by touch, or just have a hard time sitting still.  We now teach impulse control to all of our training clients and some of it's successes have been substantial.  One recent case was an owner who had their dog follow her around the house from the basement to the top floor of the house.  After just 2 weeks of doing this exercise once a day (only 15-30 minutes a time), the dog now stays on the main level of the house while the owner can go to the basement.  These are amazing results that can be duplicated with just a little bit of work on your end. 

Below is a link to an Impulse Control video with a dog named Brady that I trained last fall.  This is the first time Brady had experienced a session like this and the video has not been edited.  Practice this exercise with your dog at home for 2 weeks, I think you will be quite happy with the results.