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.
073 All About Dogs and Pain With Canine Rehab Expert Sue Van Evra
Increasingly research shows the link between pain and behavior in dogs. While it’s not the only reason dog’s present with behavioral challenges, it can be a significant contributing factor.
And that’s why in the episode I chat with canine rehabilitation specialist, Sue Van Evra. Sue is the person we go to when our dogs, India and Percy, are feeling stiff and sore. She’s helped them deal with lots of different challenges including back pain and hip soreness.
But more than that, with her guidance on preventative physiotherapy, India and Percy have remained sprightly and active in a way that belies their age.
I joke that they do more physio than me. Actually, it’s not a joke – they do!
In this interview with Sue we discuss:
How we, as dog parents, can learn to spot pain in our dogs. What we should do when we do suspect our dogs are in pain. How physical therapy and rehabilitation can help dogs of all ages. What you can do if you have a dog who’s been prescribed crate-rest but who freaks when crated (hint: the crucial word here is “rest). Tune in to hear our chat about these topics, and many more.
About Sue Van Evra
Sue obtained her Physiotherapy Degree from McMaster University in 1993 (after completing both honors and Master’s degrees in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario).
Sue has spent the last 29 years working as a physiotherapist in outpatient orthopedics with humans, and first started studying Canine Rehabilitation in 2006. Sue obtained a Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation through the Animal Rehabilitation Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and has worked at the Canine Fitness Centre in Calgary since 2016.
She continues to treat humans (mostly dog lovers!) at Two Hands Physiotherapy – located within the Canine Fitness Centre.
Since December 2021 Sue has also been working at the Canmore Vet Hospital rehabilitating dogs.
Sue is passionate about learning and problem solving and has completed many advanced courses (both human and canine rehab) to better be able to assess and treat patients effectively.
Sue is a huge dog-lover and her passion for the canine world makes her excited to be able to work with dogs and to use her experience and in-depth knowledge of physiotherapy principles to rehabilitate the canine population! Sue is on the Advocacy Committee for the Animal Rehabilitation Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
How to work with Sue
If you live in Southern Alberta then your lucky dogs can get to work with Sue. You can find Sue at the Canine Fitness Centre in Calgary and at the Canmore Veterinary Hospital.
072 How To Stop the Feeling that Training is Taking Over Your Life
No one gets up in the morning and puts on a t-shirt saying “I can’t wait to do separation anxiety training today”. And so it can be easy to find that life gets in the way, and we end up not training.
Or, when we do train, we're ALL about the training. So much so, that it feels like that's all we do.
If this sounds familiar, just know that this is perfectly normal. It happens to everyone!
That’s why in this episode of the Be Right Back! Podcast I dive into super-practical tips for making training fit into your life, rather than letting it take over your life.
If you feel overwhelmed and too busy, then you must make sure you listen. Listen while you’re doing something else so that you can easily fit it into your day!
071 What’s Really Going On in Your Dog’s Brain When Training Wobbles
Oh, those infuriating dips, drops, setbacks, and regression.
There isn't a dog parent out there who doesn't go through ups and downs in separation anxiety training.
The thing is, though, what we see as confounding and confusion variable progression is actually very normal.
And when we understand what's going on in a dog's brain when they learn to be home alone, it makes begins to make so much sense.
Tune in to find out more what happens as your dog learns, and how you can use that information to improve your training.
070 Relax! What We Really Mean by Relaxation in Separation Anxiety Training and Why That Matters
You might be thinking you aren’t ever going to make any progress with separation anxiety training because your dog won’t stay on her bed. Or maybe she starts on her bed but always follows you to the door and waits there. She needs to relax, right? Well, yes and no. We definitely need our dogs to show no anxiety when doing home alone training. But that doesn’t mean she has to stay put. Listen to find out more.
069 Why We Expect Too Much of Dogs and How to Redress The Balance
So many behaviors that come naturally to dogs are problems for us humans. Think barking, chewing, jumping up, counter-surfing – you name it! No wonder dogs get confused and get it wrong. And no wonder we get frustrated.
That’s why in this episode, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Jane Robinson, Chair of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers, UK, about our expectations for dogs, and how we can make our communication with them less frustrating for all concerned.
068 3 Strategies for Self-Compassion with Christal Allen-Harrahill
If, recently, you've caught yourself thinking that your problems are insignificant ”in the scheme of things“, then you are not alone.
When we see war and devastation in the news everyday it can be easy to think that our problems don't matter.
But someone else's suffering doesn't make your situation magically okay.
That's why in this episode, I chatted with Certified Life Coach, Christal Allen-Harrahill and asked her to share her tips for dealing with our own emotions while processing the disasters we see unfold around the world.
The big takeaway that I hope you get from the interview is the advice Christal gives about self-compassion, and how that's not indulgent but vital.
As Christal states, you can't drink from an empty cup.
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.
Julie covers all the bases!
I have spent over a decade with a dog who has extreme anxiety and separation related behaviours. Julie’s system is everything I needed and finally at 11 years old my dog is seeing progress. These podcasts are a great intro.