How do I get my dog over separation anxiety? How can I leave my dog without him constantly barking or me coming back to destruction? These are just some of the big questions that dog separation anxiety specialist, Julie Naismith, tackles in her podcast. The podcast episodes are packed with how-to guides, step-by-step training blueprints, and tips and tricks to survive separation anxiety. Each episode is packed with tips, tricks and actionable steps. And Julie also shares her story of how she and her dog survived separation anxiety.
Separation Anxiety and the House Training Conundrum with Kathleen McClure
Struggling with a dog who soils the house? Not sure whether it’s anxiety or a house training issue? . Well, if this is your dog, you don’t need me to tell you how frustrating it is.
That’s why, in this episode I’m joined by Kathleen McClure, a Certified SA Pro who also has a partcular focus on house training.
Kathleen and I had a fascinating conversation about dogs who go in the house.
Here are 5 key takeaways:
1. What the difference is between house training issues related to anxiety and those that aren’t.
2. The importance of reinforcement and creating positive associations for desired behaviors, and why house training is no exception.
3. How to prevent future accidents and manage your dog's behavior to set them up for success.
4. How to change your dog's emotions and reduce fear if they only have accidents when you're away.
5. Why some dogs may avoid eliminating in front of their owners if they feel scared or unsafe.
So, whether you're battling separation anxiety or struggling with house training, join me and Kathleen as we dive into expert strategies that will transform your dog's behavior.
To find out more about Kathleen and how she can help you, check out Kathleen's self-paced online course and one-on-one coaching to get the personalized support you need on your dog's journey to house training success. You can get more info at: https://thehappierdog.com.
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10 Ten Things I’d Tell My Younger Self About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety
Imagine being able to send a letter to your past self, filled with wisdom and advice about the challenging road ahead with a dog who has separation anxiety.
Today, I’m doing just that. I’ll share the 10 key lessons that I wish I knew 13 years ago, from the emotional ups and downs to the importance of ignoring opinions and seeking expert advice.
For information on how I can help you, visit my website: julienaismith.com
Is There Actually a Cure for Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
In this episode, we're diving into a topic that many of you may have considered: can we ever really cure separation anxiety?
Is it possible to fully and finally get dogs over this condition such that they have a normal response to being left alone—a permanent change that we might describe as a cure?
Well, join me as I look at what we really mean by separation anxiety recovery. I’ll explain why I think talk of curing or fixing is unhelpful. And I’ll explore the reality of recovery and ongoing management.
I'll also discuss why the return of old fears doesn't mean recovery is unattainable.
Whether you're dealing with a panicky dog or a FOMO-dog who fears missing out, this episode is packed with insights and strategies to help both you and your pup.
So grab a seat, tune in, and let’s delve in what it really means to get a dog over separation anxiety.
For more information on how I can help you get a dog you can leave, visit julienaismith.com.
098 The Two Minute Rule: Your Secret Weapon Against Training Procrastination
If you’ve ever put off separation anxiety training, you are definitely not alone. Procrastination in training is such a common issue. Human brains are naturally inclined to seek immediate rewards, and a session of separation training definitely doesn't deliver that. It's all about long-term pay back.
No wonder then, that it can be easy to put training off.
But there's a nifty hack I want to share with you, that will help you bust procrastination. It’s called the Two Minute Rule.
And no, it’s in no way related to how long food is safe on the floor after being dropped.
This rule is all about setting a 2-minute limit for a task. It might seem weird, but doing this surprisingly motivates us to continue beyond that short time limit.
And in this episode, we delve into the science behind procrastination, how the Two Minute Rule generates a sense of accomplishment, and how it can help you get started when you’d rather do anything else but separation anxiety training.
Remember, separation anxiety training isn't about instant gratification. It's a long-term investment for your dog’s wellbeing (and your wellbeing too!). Which is why I love the Two Minute Rule: it helps us manage our motivation for training sessions and conquer feelings of procrastination.
So, if you've been putting off training, tune in and discover the power of the Two Minute Rule to overcome your training hurdles.
For more information on how separation anxiety training works, grab my free cheat sheet by clicking here.
097 Separation Anxiety: Revealing the Truth Behind Social Media Misinformation
In today's episode, we're diving deep into the world of social media and its impact on our understanding of separation anxiety in dogs.
We'll explore the myths, misconceptions, and misinformation that often circulate online, and how they can confuse and derail us when trying to help our pups.
From miracle cures to blaming owners for their dogs' anxiety, we'll debunk at the big social media myths, and I'll share what the real truth actually is.
We'll also discuss the importance of being critical consumers of information, especially when it comes to our dogs' health and wellbeing.
So, whether you're scrolling through TikTok, Instagram, or Threads, join me as I share my tips for navigating the digital landscape to find information on separation anxiety you can truly trust.
For more information on how I can help, visit julienaismith.com.
To download my free cheat sheet on separation anxiety, click here.
096 Is Separation Anxiety Training Actually Futile? No. Here's Why
Ever wondered if all the separation anxiety training you do is actually worth it? Well, that very topic came up during a recent group coaching Zoom with my Separation Anxiety Heroes members.
And it made me think: is separation anxiety training actually ever a waste of time?
Well, I’m passionate that it is a worthwhile endeavor. Admittedly, while the gradual exposure method works for most dogs, there are some dogs that do not respond to this type of training and never recover from separation anxiety.
However, even for these dogs, training is not futile. That’s why in this episode I set out the three big reasons why you aren’t wasting your time. And why it does pay to give separation anxiety training your best shot.
For more information on how separation anxiety training works, check out my free cheat sheet. Click here to get your download.
Support and Wisdom for those who really need it!
Separation anxiety is a thing!!! And Julie’s support really helps to keep the motivation and positivity needed for this training. Highly recommended!
Julie’s advise and education is truly amazing. You think you know or have had one way of training. But listening to her has truly changed my views on dog method trying forever.
Separation Anxiety Leader
Julie is my go-to trainer for referring my separation anxiety clients. I can trust any dog (and human) will be treated with compassion with her and her methods.