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Separation anxiety disorder

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Between 17% and 20% of dogs suffer anxiety when they are left home alone. The way they show that emotional state can be very different: barking, howling, whining, biting furniture, scratching the floor and/or doors, … Most of them are annoying for us (such as material damages) or for our neighbours (such as barking and howling). But the one who suffers the most is our dog, who generates a negative emotional state and cannot ignore it voluntarily.

Reasons for separation anxiety disorder

Actually there is no negative emotion called “Separation Anxiety Disorder”. There is Anxiety as a negative emotional state, and this can be caused by different factors, such as other dogs being there, visiting a place with bad past experiences, … or the fact of being left home alone.

Anxiety is generated because there is a chance of something bad happening that the dog does not know how may be solved, and it is an activating emotion: the dog tends to do things, a lot of them with no meaning for us, but that are generated by that involuntary emotional state.

In the case of SAD, a too high attachment with the family members (similar to the attachment between a mother and her puppy) can produce that future negative situation feeling and fear.

Our working proposal

Even if the anxiety itself can be treated in a private dog training process, the anxiety caused by separation is different. This work requires the family to be involved 100% during a time period big enough: it is the guides (not the dog trainer) the ones that generate the dog’s bad attachment that we want to transform in friendship with autonomy. Our working methodology for these cases has 5 stages. An initial control and education for the dog to be by himself in a determined area are required, so he can enjoy positive experiences in an autonomous way. In these first stages we will recommend not to leave the dog by himself under any circumstance: the steps that we take in the direction to achieve exits from the house and longer times alone need to be slow but safe, so we avoid giving steps backwards and make sure that the process is being fixed on our dog’s mind.

It will be later, in the next dog training process stages, when we will leave the dog alone more often and for longer periods of time, always watching and evaluating his emotional status, so he does not reach a high negative emotional state. In order to do so, we have technologies that let us watch the dog, what he is doing, and what his body language is telling us while he is home alone, so we can adapt our protocol speed to his emotional state.

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CANMIGOS offers dog training and educational services in the provinces of Barcelona and Girona. Most of our clients live in the next cities:In the Barcelonès area: Barcelona, Badalona, L'Hospitalet del Llobregat, Sant Adrià del Besòs and Santa Coloma de Gramanet.In the Maresme area: Alella, Arenys de Mar, Arenys de Munt, Argentona, Cabrera de Mar, Cabrils, Caldes d'Estrac, Calella, Canet de Mar, Dosrius, Malgrat de Mar, El Masnou, Mataró, Montgat, Òrrius, Palafolls, Pineda de Mar, Premià de Dalt, Premià de Mar, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Sant Cebrià de Vallalta, Sant Iscle de Vallalta, Sant Pol de Mar, Sant Vicenç de Montalt, Santa Susanna, Teià, Tiana, Tordera, Vilassar de Dalt and Vilassar de Mar.In the Baix Llobregat area: Begues, Castelldefels, Cervelló, Corbera de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Gavà, Martorell, Molins de Rei, Olesa de Montserrat, Pallejà, La Palma de Cervelló, El Papiol, El Prat de Llobregat, Sant Andreu de la Barca, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Sant Climent de Llobregat, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Just Desvern, Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Torrelles de Llobregat, Vallirana, Viladecans and other cities.In the Vallès Occidental area: Badia del Vallès, Barberà del Vallès, Castellar del Vallès, Castellbisbal, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Gallifa, Matadepera, Montcada i Reixac, Palau-solità i Plegamans, Polinyà, Ripollet, Rubí, Sabadell, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Sant Llorenç Savall, Sant Quirze del Vallès, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Sentmenat, Terrassa, Ullastrell, Vacarisses, Viladecavalls and other cities.In the Vallès Oriental area: Aiguafreda, L'Ametlla del Vallès, Bigues i Riells, Caldes de Montbui, Campins, Canovelles, Cànoves i Samalús, Cardedeu, Figaró-Montmany, Fogars de Montclús, Les Franqueses del Vallès, La Garriga, Granollers, Gualba, La Llagosta, Lliçà d'Amunt, Lliçà de Vall, Llinars del Vallès, Martorelles, Mollet del Vallès, Montmeló, Montornès del Vallès, Montseny, Parets del Vallès, La Roca del Vallès, Sant Antoni de Vilamajor, Sant Celoni, Sant Esteve de Palautordera, Sant Feliu de Codines, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Sant Pere de Vilamajor, Santa Eulàlia de Ronçana, Santa Maria de Martorelles, Santa Maria de Palautordera, Tagamanent, Vallgorguina, Vallromanes, Vilalba Sasserra, Vilanova del Vallès and other cities.In the Osona area: Balenyà, El Brull, Calldetenes, Centelles, Espinelves, L'Esquirol - Santa Maria de Corcó, Folgueroles, Gurb, Malla, Manlleu, Les Masies de Roda, Les Masies de Voltregà, Montesquiu, Muntanyola, Olost, Orís, Roda de Ter, Rupit i Pruit, Sant Bartomeu del Grau, Sant Hipòlit de Voltregà, Sant Julià de Vilatorta, Sant Martí de Centelles, Sant Pere de Torelló, Sant Quirze de Besora, Sant Sadurní d'Osormort, Sant Vicenç de Torelló, Santa Cecília de Voltregà, Santa Eugènia de Berga, Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer, Seva, Taradell, Tavèrnoles, Tavertet, Tona, Torelló, Vic, Viladrau, Vilanova de Sau and other cities.In the Gironès area: Aiguaviva, Bescanó, Bordils, Campllong, Canet d'Adri, Cassà de la Selva, Celrà, Cervià de Ter, Flaçà, Fornells de la Selva, Girona, Juià, Llagostera, Llambilles, Madremanya, Medinyà, Quart, Salt, Sant Andreu Salou, Sant Gregori, Sant Joan de Mollet, Sant Jordi Desvalls, Sant Julià de Ramis, Sant Martí de Llémena, Sant Martí Vell, Sarrià de Ter, Vilablareix, Viladasens and other cities.In La Selva area: Amer, Anglès, Arbúcies, Blanes, Breda, Brunyola, Caldes de Malavella, La Cellera de Ter, Fogars de la Selva, Hostalric, Lloret de Mar, Maçanet de la Selva, Massanes, Osor, Riells i Viabrea, Riudarenes, Riudellots de la Selva, Sant Feliu de Buixalleu, Sant Hilari Sacalm, Sant Julià del Llor i Bonmatí, Santa Coloma de Farners, Sils, Tossa de Mar, Vidreres, Vilobí d'Onyar and other cities.In the Baix Empordà area: Albons, Begur, Bellcaire d'Empordà, La Bisbal d'Empordà, Calonge-Sant Antoni, Castell-Platja d'Aro, Colomers, Corçà, Cruïlles-Monells-Sant Sadurní de l'Heura, Foixà, Fontanilles, Forallac, Garrigoles, Gualta, Jafre, Mont-ras, Palafrugell, Palamós, Palau-sator, Pals, Parlavà, La Pera, Regencós, Rupià, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Serra de Daró, La Tallada d'Empordà, Torrent, Torroella de Montgrí-L'Estartit, Ullà, Ullastret, Ultramort, Vall-llobrega, Verges, Vilopriu and other cities.Outside these cities, we also work (with a surcharge for the distance) in others, like Figueres, Roses, L'Escala, Castelló d'Empúries, Banyoles, Olot, Ripoll, Manresa and others.