Separation Anxiety Training Intensive
Separation Anxiety Training Intensive

Dogs Separation Anxiety Training

One-on-one specialized separation anxiety behavior training for dogs

Change your dog’s anxiety to joy with the help of our Separation Anxiety Intensive.

Dog Separation Anxiety Training Intensive

Separation anxiety in dogs is a panic disorder and it requires a customized training approach. Separation Anxiety Training Intensive is a one-on-one specialized dog training service. The initial pre-process evaluation is the only piece that occurs in person, the rest of the training process happens totally remotely. The entire program can be completely remote for clients that are not geographically close to our Tampa dog training center.

Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers (CSAT) are specialized in helping dogs with separation anxiety. The Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer at Courteous Canine is Christy Parker.

To enroll in our intensive separation anxiety program, begin by booking our one-time initial behavior consult to ensure your pup is a match. The cost for the behavior consult is not included in the training package pricing.

The 4-week program and training plan consists of:

  • 1-live coaching session or video review for 30 minutes to 1 hour; 4 times per month
  • Monday – Friday “Missions” daily training tasks, lists, and feedback; 20 total in a month
  • Session recordings
  • Access to trainer on a consistent basis to customize training plan
  • Plans for what to do on the weekends or when you take a mission break at another scheduled time
  • Tech set-up session for clients that need assistance
Frequently Asked Questions about Separation Anxiety in Dogs
What is the length of Behavior Change Plan?

That depends on the length of the dog and the client. Working with separation anxiety is different from regular obedience dog training or other behavior modification programs. The trainer invests considerable time creating specific, individualized plans, reviewing video regularly, giving feedback, and adjusting the written criteria based on reading the dog’s body language and assessing his progress. The parent needs to make a commitment both to the program and to not leaving during dog alone during the behavior change plan. Alternatives to leaving the dog alone are making use of daycare, or neighbors, or family or friends or pet sitters who stay with the dog. 

The only potential additional cost in treating separation anxiety is the purchase of an inexpensive webcam (if you don’t already have one) and a checkup with your veterinarian (if necessary).

How Long Will It Take to Overcome My Dog’s Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety training is unlike many other types of dog training because it requires treatment of an emotional response, rather than simply teaching a new behavior or trick. Much like a human seeing a counselor for help with a fear or phobia, there’s no way to predict a timeline for a “cure.” Each dog is different (as are owners and their abilities to carry out the training exercises), so progress can start to happen within a few weeks or not for months. While separation anxiety is a highly treatable disorder, the rate of progress is slow, particularly in the early stages. Thankfully, learning begins to accelerate once we’ve made careful initial gains. You can affect the rate of your progress by being consistent and devoting time to the process.

I Hear Treating Separation Anxiety Involves Using Food, But My Dog Won’t Eat When I’m Gone.

Alone-time anorexia is a common symptom in dogs with separation anxiety. The goal of treatment is to get your dog to a place where he’s comfortable when left alone. It may surprise you to learn that food use is not the cornerstone of working with separation anxiety, if it is used at all. Using food in most types of training is paramount, but it works a little differently with separation anxiety.

Why Does Remote Training Work?

Unlike many training protocols, separation anxiety doesn’t require the physical presence of the trainer. In fact, the trainer’s presence can actually inhibit progress by changing the normal, everyday circumstances your dog is used to.

The “trainer effect,” as it’s called, often produces false results—dogs seem to be getting better, but only while the trainer is there. Once she leaves, it’s back to anxiety-as-usual.

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Private Dog Training Pricing and Packages

If you are ready to schedule a Private Dog Training Appointment please sign our waiver and then fill-out the registration form.

In Home Private Training Session Price Register
Private Training – Evaluation for CGC (30min) $45 Registration
Private Training – One Hour – In Home $120 Registration
Private Training – One Hour – In Home – Travel Fee $140 Registration
Private Training – Package of 6 (1 Hr) – In Home $648 Registration
Private Training – Package of 6 (1 Hr) – In Home – Travel Fee $768 Registration
Private Training – Package of 8 (1 Hr) – In Home $816 Registration
Private Training – Package of 8 (1 Hr) – In Home – Travel Fee $976 Registration
On Campus Private Training Session Price Register
Private Training – One Hour – On Campus. One hour for up to 3 household dogs at the campus. The three dogs must be from the same household in order to participate in private training together without generating an extra fee. $85 Registration
Private Training – One Hour – Virtual $85 Registration
Private Training – Package of 6 (1 Hr) – On Campus $459 Registration
Private Training – Package of 8 (1 Hr) – On Campus $578 Registration
Snake Avoidance Training – Learn how to train your dog to avoid a snake the positive, force-free way and improve your dog’s response in an emergency situation while on leash. $85 Registration
One-On-One Dog Sport Training 1 Hour at the campus Price Register
One hour for up to 3 dogs at the campus (packages offered at a discount – see below) $70 Registration
Private Sports Training – Package of 4 (1 Hr) – On Campus $260 Registration
Private Sports Training – Package of 6 (1 Hr) – On Campus $390 Registration
Private Sports Training – Package of 8 (1 Hr) – On Campus $520 Registration
Dog Sport Training 1/2 Hour at the campus Price Register
1/2 hour private sports training session at the campus for up to 2 dogs – restrictions apply $35 Registration
Additional Fees Description Price
No Show Fee Applies to all private training and behavior consulting, of any length at the campus or in-home. No show fee applies when cancellation occurs with less than 24 hours notice. 100% of appointment fee
Travel Fee May apply to in-home private training or behavior consultations. Based on the geographic location of the assigned trainer. $20
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