No matter the dog issue they are struggling with, many people look for a quick fix and fast results. A snap of the fingers, and poof! The problem is gone. Given how busy we are now – with seemingly endless responsibilities, it’s understandable why we long for fast and easy solutions to dog issues.
When it comes to separation anxiety, the desire and need for quick solutions can be especially intense. Having a dog that cannot be on their own impacts almost every aspect of daily life. Parents can feel trapped in their own homes when something as mundane as taking out the garbage is a challenge. A ‘normal’ life can seem out of reach.
A Magic Wand
But here’s the thing. There is no magic cure where you can wave a magic wand, and your dog will be fixed. And to suit your schedule. Like any training, we must proceed at our dog’s pace for lasting results. Period. There just is no way around this. It’s important to remember that we are expecting our dogs to change, so the process must be sensitive to their needs. With separation anxiety, we are not only wanting new behaviour, we are also expecting a transformation in their emotions, tolerance and confidence. That’s a big ask. And that’s why we need to be patient and make concessions in the meantime.
Let’s Get Serious
Now a trainer worth their salt will tell you this upfront. They will explain how the process will require adjustments in your habits and help you find creative solutions to keep your dog comfortable while working through the training. They will stress the importance of having realistic expectations. They will explore with you the best choices and do everything they can to help you work towards your long-term goals.
But success requires that you commit to making the adjustments and arrangements to match where your dog is now. To commit to the time it will take and stick with the process. Commit to getting started right away and taking the small steps every day to get you and your dog moving forward. Understanding that there will be some setbacks and progress may sometimes feel slow but will be steady.
If you would rather:
- spend time looking for that quick fix
- waste time bouncing from one method to another
- feel small, steady improvements aren’t good enough
- get frustrated when you need to accommodate your dog’s needs
- give up when your dog has a temporary setback
Then it is with best wishes that I say good luck and leave you to find that miracle fix.
If you are serious about helping your dog and want to commit to a plan that will help you reach your goals, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can create a workable plan for you, along with the support you need along the way.
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