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Laptop and tablet

When working through home-alone issues, you have to be set up to monitor your dog so that you have all the data. Without a little tech, you’re going in blind. Literally. You have to have eyes on your dog and a live stream at that!

Let’s start with my top five tech tools so that you at least have a starting point.

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A close up photo of a black and white zebra.

Separation Anxiety seems like a buzzword these days, doesn’t it? It’s like all dogs have it to some degree. Heck, I have it with my own dog and he’s just fine at home alone! We don’t want to “over-diagnose” and we especially don’t want to “mis-diagnose”. We have to figure out if your dog is truly suffering from a panic disorder before we embark on a training program.

What might cause dogs to show similar symptoms?

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Won’t she just “get over it”?

Habituation is the technical term for “getting over it” and unfortunately, when it comes to separation anxiety, many dogs don’t do this very well. Instead, they sensitise; they become more sensitive.

Our goal with this program is to desensitise your dog to alone-time so that they can tolerate longer and longer absences without the anxiety they are currently experiencing. It is a gradual experience, as opposed to a similar (but also VERY different) technique called flooding.

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A pink plastic spray bottle.

Most dogs have some annoying habits. We humans want them to stop as quickly as possible.

Some humans have a little handheld tool they use to stop behaviours they don’t like: a squirt bottle. A sharp spray of water in the dog’s face should stop jumping/chewing/nipping/barking pretty efficiently, right? Plus the gadget is cheap, easy to get and shouldn’t really hurt the dog, right? Well, not in my opinion.

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A lonely dog sitting on the street, waiting for its owner.

As I walk through the city of Toronto on a daily basis, I am still shocked to see how many people still tie their dogs up outside outside stores and leave them for a stretch of time. I’ll admit to doing it up until 2011 when we had a series of dog-nappings in the city and my eyes were opened to the dangers.

Dog-napping is not the only concern that is a reality when we tie our dogs up outside, but it’s a very real one. Dogs who are stolen are sold on Kijiji and Craigslist, sold for research (yes, that happens here in Ontario!), used as bait dogs in dog fighting rings, walked around the city for days/weeks/months/years on end by the homeless.

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