Get your freedom back
Stop with the gimmicks. Resolve your dog's separation anxiety simply so you can get your life back.
The Happy Home Alone™ program is the most comprehensive online program for people whose dogs are suffering from home-alone distress.
Happy Home Alone™ shows you exactly how to help your dog relax when you leave them alone — without gimmicks like stuffed food toys, anxiety wraps, or aversive tools and techniques.
Are you starting to feel like a prisoner in your own home?
Is your dog destroying your home and furnishings, causing noise complaints with endless barking, and impossible to crate?
You’ve been suffering alongside your dog long enough — let's talk.
Get your freedom back and teach your dog that you're always going to come home for them.
Separation anxiety may be a complex beast that tests your patience (and your neighbours'!) and denies you your freedom, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Let's play a game. One point for each of the ones that you've tried:
Stuffed food toys
Teaching a down-stay on a mat
Ignoring them before and after absences
Crating your dog
Being "Alpha" or focusing on "leadership training"
High frequency sonic devices
Aversive collars (spray or shock)
Waiting for quiet before you return
Leaving for longer and longer absences
How many points did you rack up?
You've scoured the internet for advice, talked to family, friends, and other dog-lovers. The advice you've been given sounded promising but so far, nothing has worked. You're debating hiring a trainer or behaviourist to come in and help you fix this once and for all.
You need immediate relief and long-term results.
There is help. I promise!
Happy Home-Alone™ is right for you if:
- your dog is showing signs of distress when left alone at home
- you are getting complaints from neighbours about barking and howling
- you're tired of repairing the destruction you come home to
- you've tried so many of the products on the market geared towards this behaviour challenge but haven't seen a change
- you've hired a trainer and all you've done is work on "obedience" like mat-work or "stay"
- you’re as anxious as your dog is when you leave the house
- you are desperate to get your freedom and life back once and for all
You're in the right place.
By the end of the Happy Home Alone™ program, you will have:
- a clear understanding of your dog and their behaviour
- the ability to read your dog's body language and more accurately predict their behaviour
- the skills to be able to change how your dog feels about being left alone
- the skills to help your dog recover from setbacks
- taken a few big steps towards your freedom and peace of mind
- the confidence and support to keep going with a clear plan in place
Get on the waitlist for our next Happy Home Alone™ cohort!
About your Coach, Caryn Liles, CSAT
Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer & Behaviour Coach
Caryn speaks from the heart, injecting humour and compassion into all her work. She strives to inspire pet owners and pet professionals to take an active role in learning the language of animals and teaching them appropriate behaviours through humane and science-based training.
With multiple certifications under her belt, she is a lifelong learner; she earns continuing education credits each year, ensuring that she is up-to-date with her skills and knowledge.
Her certifications include:
- Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT)
- Certified Dog Walker (CDW)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)*
- Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE)
- Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCT)
In fact, Caryn was the first Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) in Canada and co-taught the certification program for other Trainers around the world.
Caryn has trained dogs, cats, horses, chickens, a rat and even a goldfish. She has a soft spot for German Shepherds and reactive dogs. Most of all, she loves humans! A lifelong learner and lover of psychology, humans are her favourite species.
*Caryn declined recertification with this regulatory body for personal reasons
Steve & Christa
Harry is doing fantastic and perhaps as happy as we've ever seen him. In July we moved, which was marginally traumatic for him, but he quickly adapted, and is now loving life. He really is back to his old self, and his anxiety issues almost seem like a distant memory. As you know, when those issues were occurring, both of our lives were completely consumed by them, so it is a drastic change to go from that, to it being almost a non-issue.
From time to time I encounter someone in a dog park who is having problems with isolation distress and I make sure to give them your contact info We learned so much going through this process with you and Harry, and we feel like we could rescue another dog in the future, now that we have an idea of how to manage this problem.
Thank you so much for your help in getting us all to this place! You're literally a life-saver - for both us and Harry!
Enroll in HAPPY HOME ALONE™ today and leave your anxiety at the door!
Get on the waitlist for the next cohort!
Listen. I've been doing this a long time and one of my super-skills is listening to people, not just dogs.
I know what it's like to have a dog with severe isolation distress and feel anxious and embarrassed. I've had the eviction notices, the thousands of dollars in damage to my home, the wallet-draining gimmicky sales pitch, the desperate attempts with punishment-based tools, and the guilt.
I also know what it's like to feel inundated with advice from many different sources and struggle to know what is going to work and what is totally bogus and outdated.
My job is to save you time hunting and pecking for bits and pieces of information that may or may not work, to provide you with science-based information vs. pseudo-science.
What's Inside HAPPY HOME ALONE™
This six-week guided online program includes:
PLUS this bonus to give Premium Students unstoppable momentum in achieving your Home Alone goals:
Impulse Control Course
Most dogs suffer from a lack of impulse control — just like some of us! When we suffer from impulse control issues, we can get stuck in dangerous patterns.
Dogs with separation-related distress need some help in this department so they can tolerate longer absences and recover faster from setbacks.
Let's tackle this one together!
What you need to get started
I'm not going to pretend that this program is for everyone! There are a few things you'll need if you want to achieve your goals with this program.
You don't need to be a tech whiz, but you do need some of the basics.
A camera-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone
You'll need eyes on your dog and that means a computer with a camera, a tablet, or an extra smartphone that you can leave set up on wifi. If you have a Furbo, Nestcam, Wyzecam or other video/audio recording device, perfect!
Wifi and a data plan on your smartphone
You'll need connectivity on the go as you get closer and closer to your goal of leaving your dog alone. This is how you'll monitor your dog when they're home alone!
An open mind
Separation Anxiety is a complex beast so we have to get creative. This is why you're here! I've worked with hundreds of cases and have seen it all. I've also lived it, so I've had to get creative for myself and my clients. Have an open mind when you come into this program and work with me!
Where do I sign up?
You deserve the training and support you need to get your freedom back and relieve your dog's home-alone anxiety.
Get on the wait list!
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t I need in-person training?
No! And here's why: Our specialised program is all done virtually. This allows your Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer to observe your dog during a short absence in the most organic way possible (without sitting in your living room). We can do more, virtually, without doing an in-home visit where we cannot observe your dog during an absence.
So you don't need to see the behaviour in-person?
No. Absolutely not. How would we? Home alone issues happen when dogs are...home alone. This is where technology is our greatest asset.
Modifying this complex behaviour challenge is best done virtually so that your Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer can monitor your dog via live video-feed while you come and go, communicating via text in real time!
So I don't need to pay more to have someone come to my home so that they can see...less?
Your Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer can provide you with a step-by-step plan, coach you through it in real time, and work out any kinks.
No crates, Kongs, distractions, manners-training, "dominance"-related silliness, or pricey gimmicks.
Do I get 1:1 coaching with this program?
Yes and no.
It's a group program and we all learn from each other, which is really beneficial. During our Live Coaching Sessions, I will have Hot Seats.
This is where Premium Students have an opportunity to submit video for assessment and review in advance.
In addition, I am available to you from Monday to Friday during the six weeks in our private Facebook group where you can ask questions and get support. Premium Students can submit short video clips for review.
This is a most economical program for these exact reasons!
How long do I have access?
This means that you will have access to the course materials for as long as the course and company are in existence. I've been training since 2008, and I'm not going anywhere anytime soon.
The private Facebook group (where all the support and coaching calls are) will be archived at the end of the six weeks — you will still have read-only access to it so you can revisit the calls and posts as often as you'd like.
What is a CSAT?
A CSAT is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, hand-picked and trained by Malena DeMartini - the world-renowned Separation Anxiety expert who pioneered this process and has trained hundreds of Trainers around the world.
"[CSATs] are highly accomplished, expert dog trainers in their own right before they began their journey to become Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers. We look for the very best—trainers with extensive experience in behavior modification work, the best education the industry has to offer, highly honed skill sets, and that special touch to provide the support you need to get to the finish line."
Can dogs of any age join the program?
Absolutely. If you have a puppy who is showing signs of distress when left alone, you can join this program and send your dog's age to us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This allows us to adjust some of the material as it's a little different for puppies and requires some tweaking.
If you have a senior dog, that's just fine too! Same process as for puppies - let us know so that we can make those minor adjustments.
Are you certified/qualified?
You bet I am! I'm glad you asked. The animal training industry is unregulated (terrifying!) and anyone can hang a shingle and call themselves a trainer. In fact, there are even unregulated "certifying bodies" out there, making things even more confusing to the consumer.
I have been certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, I am a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, a Family Paws Parent Educator, and a Fear Free Certified Professional.
Note: I have recently discontinued my membership to CCPDT.
What methods do you use?
I wish everyone asked this question! The training industry is unregulated, and this means that anyone can be a trainer and do whatever they want to your dog without much more than a wrist-slap for even the most abusive crimes.
For that reason, you need to ask these questions and you should demand transparency.
We do not use aversives. We do not use/promote/condone the use of aversives and this includes:
- physical violence
(hitting, kicking, choking, slapping, poking, jabbing, leash corrections, pinning/Alpha-rolling, biting, pinching, helicoptering, scruffing)
- aversive tools and equipment
(prong/pinch collars, choke/check collars, spray collars, shock collars, sonic anti-bark devices, electric mats)
- the use of force or intimidation
(staring down, physical moulding into position, yelling/screaming/barking at the dog, throwing items at/near the dog)
We do not subscribe to outdated theories such as The Dominance Theory; you cannot be "Alpha" to your dog since the term alpha is synonymous with "breeding pair".
We do not enforce deprivation-training (starving the dog, withholding water or oxygen)
Okay, so what do we use?
We use humane, family-friendly, safe, non-violent methods of training. We can train horses, belugas, elephants, hyenas, and bears this way, so you can certainly train your dog this way.
The technique that we are focused on in this course is called Systematic Desensitisation. This means that we are using data to guide our steps to help our dogs become comfortable at home alone in a gradual manner.
More than anything, we set the learners (you and your dog) up for success by managing the environment, preventing problems before they occur, and we help the dog make the right choice.
Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes and no!
Because we're dealing with two species (human and dog), I cannot guarantee results; no one can guarantee behaviour. That would be unethical and if you get a guarantee like that from a trainer, you should run in the opposite direction.
However, I guarantee I will give you my all! For these weeks that we are working together, I will be dedicated to you and your cohort-mates, supporting you along the way and providing humane, science-based information.
Can we work together in person?
One-on-one coaching for separation anxiety can be a costly endeavour as you will need daily support (M–F). I do offer this service occasionally, in four-week packages at a premium price to basically have me in your pocket. I will always suggest that you do this course first so that you're not paying that premium price to get the foundation which can be learned in a group setting much more effectively and efficiently. If you need one-on-one support after this program, get in touch and we'll see what we can do!
I only take on a small number of one-on-one clients at a time, so if my schedule is full, I will refer you to a fellow trusted CSAT who will provide you with the same quality coaching based on the same principles and techniques.
What if I change my mind and want to upgrade?
No problem. If you want to upgrade from Regular Tuition to Premium Tuition for the individual support, shoot us an email at email@example.com and we'll help you out with that. There is no pro-rating for upgrades and upgrades are only available in the first week (7 days) of the program starting.
I have been where you are. I can help you get to where I am.
For years, I was teaching classes and private lessons and feeling guilty for being unable to give more to my students than the hour they had paid for. To maintain a training business, I was trading hours for dollars and, all the while, knowing that people needed more. More time, more support — more everything.
You simply cannot get enough from a couple classes or private lessons to give you a fighting chance at modifying reactivity.
When we opened the online Academy, I had a lightbulb moment: my students get the same amazing results as in-person classes. But on top of that, they gain a level of knowledge that is unparalleled. The skills are easily transferred because the foundation is there.
The students are more satisfied because they have access to me five days a week! That’s something I could never have accomplished before in one-on-one training.
I am so excited to be able to offer this to you, knowing that you'll feel the same.
You'll have access to consistent, safe information, almost-daily guidance and support, PLUS the added benefit of a community that doesn't shame you or blame you. They support you because they understand you — they’re in the very same position.
It's time! There's a seat with your name on it.
You've done your research. You've checked me out. You know you'll be more successful if you join us and get regular support rather than "going it alone".
It's a small financial commitment that’s well worth what you're getting out of it. You've got that warm and fuzzy feeling. I feel it too. I know we're going to rock this together.