how we train:
Gain the freedom to leave the house, worry-free.
Separation anxiety is addressed differently dog to dog and family to family, but always begins by making sure your dog has a comfortable space to spend time alone in. This may mean making small changes to your crate or house set-up.
The Homeschool program is required to address separation anxiety. We typically spend the first two weeks of the program using treat and praise driven games that attempt to innoculate your dog from the sight of people leaving the house and being left alone. At the same time, your dog will practice staying in their own space and other rooms of the house while you are home.
In the final and third week, we may then add in "no", followed by a correction your dog finds annoying, for any barking/scratching/etc. This prevents your dog from reaching a level of panic they may otherwise be prone to, leaving them instead to build a new habit of settling or sleeping when left alone. To graduate the program, your dog spends two extended periods home alone as a trainer watches through a camera.
For some dogs, muzzling can build a new habit of settling when left alone.
By the end of the Homeschool program, dogs can typically be left home alone without issue or panic.