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With help, there is hope.


Separation anxiety is a clinical panic disorder. Don't expect dogs with this condition to simply "get over it" without help. Separation anxiety CAN be resolved with expert program planning, behavioral observation, and dedicated teamwork. 

Work with a separation anxiety specialist (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer) for an optimized, custom program!


Learn more about Separation Anxiety Training

Does this sound like you?

Feeling trapped at home and stressed when you do leave

Afraid that your dog will be destructive or may injure themselves when left alone

Your dog barks, whines, destroys items, or has accidents when you have to leave

What is separation anxiety?

Dogs with separation anxiety have a phobia of being left alone, and are experiencing real panic attacks when separated. 

It’s important to note that these behaviors are rooted in panic, not resentment. Your dog is not house-soiling or chewing the doors to get back at you for leaving!

Here's the plan:

Your treatment plan is based on sound scientific principles, with methods proven to be very effective in resolving separation anxiety. Your expert trainer will be with you every step of the way!

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Behavior Assessment

We start by observing your dog’s current comfort with alone time in a live virtual assessment. With this assessment as our baseline, we can begin creating your dog's tailored training plans! 

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Training Plans

Four days per week, you'll receive customized training plans to work through. Each day consists of 20 - 30 minutes of simple, positive practice. After each day, your trainer will check to see how your dog did,  provide feedback and support, and create the next day's plan!

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Weekly Check-Ins

Each week, you'll meet with your trainer virtually to complete another training plan together. We reassess your dog's progress and strategize for the following week. 

View packages and pricing

Separation Anxiety Services

Behavior Assessment


All Separation Anxiety clients start here.

What's included:

  • 90 minute virtual meeting with Rachel

  • Discussion of history and training goals

  • Live assessment of dog's current alone-time behavior

  • Overview of procedures and introduction to behavior modification methods

  • In-depth, custom behavior plan, including a description of path forward

  • Additional resources and handouts

4-Week Intensive

$600 ($150 weekly)

Prerequisite: Behavior Assessment

What's included:

  • 5 check-in meetings with Rachel

  • 20 individualized training plans

  • A lifetime of email support 

  • Review and feedback of your training footage, as needed

  • Communication with your vet, as needed

  • Education to help you build and implement your own training plans after the Intensive Package is completed

  • Additional resources and handouts

8-Week Intensive

$960 ($120 weekly)

Prerequisite: Behavior Assessment

What's included:

  • 10 check-in meetings with Rachel

  • 40 individualized training plans

  • A lifetime of email support 

  • Review and feedback of your training footage, as needed

  • Communication with your vet, as needed

  • Education to help you build and implement your own training plans after the Intensive Package is completed

  • Additional resources and handouts

  • How did my dog develop this issue? Is it my fault?
    Though separation anxiety is one of the most-researched behavior disorders in dogs, experts don't currently have concrete answers to give us about the root of an individual dog's diagnosis. This condition is very prevalent - it's estimated that up to 20% of dogs will develop separation anxiety in their lifetimes. It's likely that there are multiple factors that lead to the development of this disorder, including temperament, major life changes, past traumas, and even genetics. Some dogs appear to be simply predisposed to developing separation anxiety. I can tell you with confidence is that it is not your fault! You didn't "over-coddle" your dog into separation anxiety, sleeping in the bed with you won't make it worse, and you don't need to ignore your dog when you first get home.
  • Will my dog's distress go away or improve on its own without training?
    As with other panic disorders, separation anxiety most commonly gets worse over time without proper treatment. Sadly, this is not a condition that tends to resolve itself over time.
  • How long does separation anxiety training take?
    When changing the way a dog feels about a phobia, we must go at their pace. We cannot convince them to gain comfort by rushing the process or pushing them to go faster than they're able. What we can do is create a structured, consistent plan that encourages frequent practice for optimized results, whatever that looks like for each individual dog. The timelines for resolution look very different from dog to dog; some cases can resolve in just a few weeks, while others will take months (sometimes more). An ethical trainer cannot offer guarantees for a quick resolution for separation anxiety. That's simply not how it works! What I can guarantee is that I will help you understand your dog, improve quality of life for your dog and your family, and that I'll be there for you every step of the way with expert program planning and compassionate and effective training methods!
  • Why should I work with an expert to treat my dog's separation anxiety?
    Separation anxiety is a complex behavioral disorder. In the dog training world, these tend to be the types of cases that most trainers will avoid, or have not had successful experience with resolution. This is because great treatment requires a keen eye, expert program planning, close teamwork with the dog's guardians, and an understanding of data tracking and analysis. It's true that dog parents can absolutely make progress with separation anxiety without a trainer! However, this typically comes at the cost of wasted time, energy, unnecessary setbacks, and often money as the guardians attempt to hone in on their dog's treatment alone. There's a reason I chose to specialize in separation anxiety - the exceptional challenge makes it SO rewarding! There is no better feeling than helping a dog and family cross that finish line together.
  • What can I do if I'm not ready to start training?
    It’s always best to start by having a discussion with your vet about your dog’s alone time behaviors. They may want to rule out other potential medical concerns before training begins! Your vet may also want to have a conversation with you regarding medical interventions as an adjunct to training. You may also schedule a Behavior Assessment without purchasing training packages. In an Assessment, your trainer can get a look at your dog's current behaviors, help you get set up for success with good management practices, strategize to help you leave your home safely, and discuss the finer points of separation anxiety and treatment. While an Assessment alone will not provide treatment for your dog, it's truly a great start! We recommend that you avoid leaving your dog for longer than they can tolerate until training begins. The sooner you begin treatment, the easier it will be to manage absences! To read up on separation anxiety treatment, I highly recommend leading expert Malena Demartini’s book, Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices. This wonderful resource describes the gold-standard method of treatment for separation anxiety dogs in depth. If you’re not quite ready to have a trainer join your team, you may still benefit from taking Malena DeMartini’s self-paced online course: Mission Possible.
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