Resolve Dog Separation Anxiety with These Tools and Methods

by Steph Mahrle

If you are struggling with separation anxiety, AND you need to laugh as well as learn how to resolve this bad behavior, watch Jeff of Solid K9 Training’s video:

In this post, I have comprised a list of the training tools that are mentioned in Jeff’s training video. Naturally, you are welcomed to search around for the best price, the links are provided to make certain you are aware of the product name and/or manufacture. Whatever works best for you and your dog is entirely up to you. 

Crate train your dog. The idea behind crating your dog is preventing your dog from participating in home destruction. The dog can hurt themselves by ingesting various items during frantic home destruction experiences. -Crate training is an awesome way to establish clear rules of territory with your dog. It is a proactive approach to keeping your dog calm and safe. 

Here’s where you can buy a crate your dog:

You can also purchase a used crate on Craigslist. The crate doesn’t have to be overly complicated or fancy. If your dog is really struggling with crate training, be sure to reinforce the crate with zip ties. For those of you who have very intense and/or powerful dogs, you might consider a heavy duty reinforced crate like this:

Teach your dog “heel” by using a properly fitted prong collar. If your dog is 75 lbs and greater, go with the 3 mm prong collar. Typically, I fit the 2.25 mm on dogs 5 lbs to 75 lbs. I add links in order to properly fit the collar for larger dogs. Prong collars are an excellent dog training tool, when fitted properly they are humane and very little pressure needs to be applied during training. Which means you can walk your dog calmly in the heel position. If you’re unsure about using one, contact a balanced trainer who can show you how to use one on your dog. It will make a world of difference, I assure you. 

This is a training video from a fellow balanced trainer Tori of Take The Lead K9 Training, here she explains more information about prong collars:

Here is a link to purchase a prong collar:

Teach your dog “place”. Professional training advice is to keep your dog’s training collar and leash on your dog whenever your dog is out of his/her crate. For example your dog is out of the crate, so the dog is either in a “down/stay” or “place”. For a dog, having a “job” by staying on command is calming. The dog essentially knows what to do with itself. Here are two examples of how to teach your dog “place”:

Pet Convincer is the chemical free training tool which provides a puff of air that can snap the dog out of bad behavior:

The best bark collar on the market is the TriTonics Bark Limiter. It has five levels. Start out with level one. If your dog barks through level one, raise the level to level two. The concept is straightforward:

I genuinely hope this information is helpful to those of you who are struggling with separation anxiety, I know how stressful it can be. Again, I highly recommend reaching out to a balanced trainer if you feel you and your dog require professional assistance.