In this episode the girls are joined by holistic psychologist Birdy O'Sheedy who talks us through the emotional impacts of having a dog with separation anxiety and how to deal with it. Having a dog with separation anxiety is stressful, frustrating and oftentimes just heartbreaking and Birdy provides some tips on how to deal with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it.
Birdy is an accredited clinical psychologist and qualified dog trainer who specialises in the human at the end of the lead. She also has a dog which had severe separation anxiety and needed an extensive behavioural modification program so she is coming from a position of understanding and empathy. Since her dog overcame his anxiety, she has been fascinated by how dogs impact the emotional wellbeing of dog owners, especially when the circumstances are challenging.
Birdy hosts international workshops called "My Dog- My Teacher" and teaches dog owners the B.R.A.V.E formula to help them troubleshoot and navigate challenging situations in their relationship with their dog, whilst increasing the wellbeing of the dog, and the dog owner.
In this episode the girls examine separation anxiety in senior dogs alongside cognitive dysfunction, pain, and sensory decline. As always, we discuss the best way forward to make our older dogs comfortable with being home alone.
Listeners questions answered
To celebrate the 21st episode of Tails From The Dog House, the girls answer listener questions!
In this episode, Stacey, Sarah and Ness discuss hyper-attachment and what it means to have a dog with not just separation anxiety but this added layer of complexity, the barriers it creates for training and how to deal with them. And we meet Becky ... Becky's the Best! ... and go searching for some big girl and big boy pants!!!!
All about Daycare
Why we advocate using daycare for dogs with separation anxiety, what to look for when searching for one, and how a day at one can affect your separation anxiety training.
BRB Separation Anxiety Network (for owners with dogs with SA) - www.brbseparationanxietynetwork.com
Where to find dog sitters / doggy daycare:
Rover.com - cover the UK, the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
www.pawshake.co.uk - Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, UK, Singapore, Finland, and Switzerland
www.borrowmydoggy.com - UK wide
www.madpaws.com.au - Australia
Local shelter ~ Online ~ Local animal college ~ Vet college ~ Local pages
In this episode, the girls discuss external noises, how they can affect our separation anxiety training and what we can do about it. We also take a look at apartment living and the challenges owners with SA dogs face when undertaking the training. Ness also has an exciting offer and Stacey tries to get her kit off!!
Soundproof Central, Dominic, Residential Soundproofing, https://soundproofcentral.com/category/educational-articles/soundproofing-guides/
Using Sound Apps for Desensitization & Counterconditioning for Dogs, eileenanddogs, Anderson E, 2021, eileenanddogs.com/blog/category/dogs-and-sound/?fbclid=IwAR2PRt4ZhJkaVF4YdrRgknAWAlKdlIm0szszOS8CLofmb5mxxGrpdvQJdK8
Sound Therapy for Pets, Dogs Trust, www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/dog-behaviour-health/sound-therapy-for-pets
Everything you need to know about Separation Anxiety in dogs and how to fix it. Three global specialists from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States discuss all things related to Separation Anxiety. Join Stacey Bell from Focused Fun (US), Ness Jones from Separation Anxiety In Dogs Decoded (Australia) & Sarah McLaren from Separation Anxiety Solutions (UK) as they delve into the dos and don'ts of training a dog to feel safe and comfortable when left home alone!