“Help! I can’t leave my dog alone.”

Summary

Point A

  • Neighbor complaints about incessant barking
  • Coming home to urine and feces accidents
  • Coming home to chewed up doors, windows, carpets
  • Coming home to a stressed, panicked dog
  • Feeling guilty when you leave in the morning
  • Worrying all day about what you’ll find in the evening

Point B

Enjoy leaving for work guilt- and stress-free and coming home to a calm, relaxed dog, intact home, and happy neighbors.

Let me help you connect the dots between Point A & Point B so you can leave your dog home alone without stress, guilt, or worry. It really is possible.


Your Personalized Behavior Modification Path

Online consults for Separation Anxiety can be done for clients anywhere in the world! All you need is a computer. All separation anxiety training begins with a free 30-minute Phone Consult to assess your situation and needs and ensure our program is the right match.

Intensive 4-week program:

Anxiety is experienced differently for each individual organism, and response rates to modification of fear and anxiety-based behaviors vary from dog to dog and case to case. For that reason, we require an initial 4-week commitment to set you up to see progress and then better determine the length of training required to meet your goals. Each week, you will receive a live video assessment, five individualized training plans or “missions” that you will complete with your dog, daily feedback on your missions, and ongoing email support.

All training will be a positive experience for dog and human alike, based on sound scientific principles. Learn more about my approach to training.

Ready to connect the dots to Point B?

Call or email me to set up your free separation anxiety relief phone consult today.

Given the unique nature of separation anxiety and wonders of modern technology, I am able to treat dogs suffering from separation anxiety throughout the United States.

Phone: 484.995.0932

Email: melanie@melanieceronephd.com

Why is this happening? Will it go away?

Separation anxiety is just that—anxiety. It’s an anxiety disorder, to be more precise. Your dog isn’t trying to be naughty. She’s truly panicked at being left alone, and all the resulting behavior—barking, whining, chewing around exits, self-mutilation (excessive licking or chewing on herself), even the bladder/bowel evacuations—are beyond her control.

Causes of separation anxiety

Some dogs are born nervous or have a genetic predisposition toward anxiety. These dogs are more susceptible to separation anxiety, though confident dogs can fall prey as well. Generally SA is triggered by a difficult change or trauma. Common causes are a household move, being rehomed, losing a family member (such as through divorce), a schedule change (such as mom going to work when she used to work from home), or a traumatic experience such as a burglary or a construction worker harassing a dog while she’s alone in the home.

Will it eventually go away?

Unfortunately, no. Just as with us humans, anxieties rarely diminish on their own. Left untreated, separation anxiety tends to grow worse.

How about if I get another dog to keep my dog company?

Sadly this very rarely works. Most dogs experience separation anxiety from their people. Bringing in a new dog risks complicating the situation rather than solving it.

Treating separation anxiety

The good news is that separation anxiety can be changed. Anxious dogs can learn to be alone again without fear. But it isn’t a quick process and it does require a commitment to seeing a careful training plan all the way through. My job is to make that process as smooth and achievable for you as possible.

"Anxious dogs can learn to be alone again without fear. But it isn’t a quick process and it does require a commitment to seeing a careful training plan all the way through."

Your Trainer and Behavior Counselor

Melanie Cerone, Ph.D.

Melanie’s specialization in behavior issues stems from her scientific interest in the canine brain combined with her desire to make clients’ and dogs’ lives better.

Learn more about Melanie.