Sally helped my fiancee and I with our dog’s separation anxiety issues. Before we sought out Sally’s help, we felt like prisoners in our own apartment. We couldn’t leave our dog alone in the apartment for more than 5 minutes before he would start to pace, bark, and cause general disruption to our fellow neighbors. Eventually, after trying thunder shirts, calming music, sprays, and bark collars, we figured enough was enough and we researched trainers who specialized in Separation Anxiety. This is how we found Sally.
Sally came to our apartment and met with us and our dog, Emmett, to determine the best course of action. She helped us establish training protocols that would help Emmett eventually self-soothe while we were away. We started out slow by leaving him for only 20 – 30 seconds at a time then, through persistence and work, we got him up to 20 – 30 minutes of alone time in our apartment where he would lay down and sleep the entire time. It was a long road. We worked with Sally via email over the course of 5 – 6 months and were eventually able to leave him alone for over 5 hours. At this point, we had the building blocks to continue practicing with Emmett. Recently, we reached a point where we left him alone while we were at work for over 9 hours. He slept the entire time!
For those seeking assistance with Separation Anxiety issues, you should be aware that it will take a lot of work on your part. You get out of the training what you put into it. There are going to be times when you feel like you’re regressing, but you should stick with it. You and your dog will thank you in the long run.
Thanks so much for all of your help Sally!