Fear, Frustration or FOMO ... Does my dog have Separation Anxiety?
# Does your dog freak out when you leave the house? # Does your dog bark, howl, whine or cry when left alone? # Does your dog destroy walls, furniture, or your belongings when by itself? # Does your dog soil, shake, tremble when you are on the other side of the door?
These are just some, but not all, of the symptoms of a dog with Separation Anxiety. And it's different for each dog - some cry, some destroy and some shake at even the very thought of you walking out the door.
Many dogs, young and old, struggle with their owners leaving the house without them. And while the COVID-19 lockdown has meant we've all been able to spend some quality time with our dogs, 24/7, what happens when things get back to normal? The kids go back to school and mum & dad go back to work? Maybe your dog will cope fine with these sudden absences, but what if they don't? What if they start panicking?
If any of the above symptoms sound like your dog then it's very likely they have Separation Anxiety or at the very least a case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and/or Frustration.
It is different for every dog but can include (although not limited to) barking, whining, howling, panting, drooling, soiling and destruction of household items (especially near exit points or windows). It's very stressful for the dog which is basically in a state of panic, and just as much so for you, the owner, especially if you are getting complaints from your neighbours or, even worse, your local council.
We have created a special Quiz for you to do to find out if your dog has Separation Anxiety, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) or Frustration when you leave the house. You can do the Quiz HERE.
How Ruff Diamonds can help your dog overcome their fear of being home alone ...
Sadly, we have been inundated with cries for help since the onset of COVID-19 and the repercussions of dogs struggling with their owners starting to return to normal daily life as they find themselves home alone for extended periods of time.
Ruff Diamonds clients, however, are finding that with the training we provide, they are able to leave the house without their dogs freaking out about being on their own. We train dogs to cope with being alone and have the confidence to be more independent when the owner is on the other side of the door.
And the flow-on effect is that dogs that were incapable of leaving their owner's side even when they were home (sometimes known as Velco dogs) suddenly find they can cope just fine when their owners leave the room and no longer feel the need to follow them everywhere. Imagine being able to go to the bathroom alone!
Testimonial - Victoria & Teddy
Wow! Teddy's doing awesome. Training done and no barks or whines! He's asleep on the bed right now BY HIMSELF! I think it's working! He used to follow me around the house wherever I went and I couldn't even shower alone without him crying outside the door. Now he just takes himself off to bed for a nap!
Testimonial - Tracey & Buster
Buster lasted the full 15 minutes (our target training duration for the day) without an issue and he looked like he even started to fall asleep! He didn't even cry or bark. So excited. Can't wait to do more!
Testimonial - Fiona & Beast
Wow ... before I started this program my little pommie Beast would start shaking before I even walked out the door. It made me feel so sad and guilty that I had to leave him. I had to rearrange some things to do the program so he was never by himself while we went through the training, and initially I could only stand outside the door for one second. I knew I had to keep him under his threshold and I'm amazed at how quickly I have been able to build up the time he's alone. He's now acing 2 hours on his own without a care in the world.
The training is all done online so it doesn't matter where you live, the results are the same!
Ruff Diamonds provides a simple easy-to-understand step-by-step structured program tailored specifically for your dog and delivered to you daily. We do not take a blanket approach to this type of training as each dog is different and progresses at a different pace.
Training starts with an online assessment via Zoom where we evaluate your dog to determine what level they are at and what target duration (of your dog being by itself) we are able to start with. Thereafter, you will need a camera to monitor your dog while you are on the other side of the door.
Ruff Diamonds provides you with a daily target duration depending on your dog's ability to cope, all while keeping them under their threshold and ensuring they are never pushed too far that they start to react and therefore goes backwards.
What this leads to is no more guilt about leaving a panicked dog home alone, no more angry neighbours fed up listening to your dog bark, no more letters from your local council, no more destruction of your belongings, and no more strain on your relationships. You will finally be able to leave the house without stressing and feeling demoralised because you know your dog is chilling out on its own with not a care in the world.
We are currently offering a $200 discount for a limited time only!
A month-long program with daily training (5 days a week) supplied remotely by Ruff Diamonds and including an online Zoom assessment, plus weekly Zoom catch-up calls, is normally $997 but thanks to this amazing discount is now priced at only $797. Note: You will need a camera to keep an eye on your dog while the training is ongoing and you are on the other side of the door. Fill in the Client Intake form HERE to get started.
Alternatively, if you would prefer, book a free 15-minute phone chat to talk things through.
If you have a dog with Separation Anxiety, FOMO or Frustration, or know someone else who does, contact us today to get started, give you your life back and help your dog cope with being home alone!
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