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You’re Not Alone: Working With Separation Issues in Dogs


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Presenter: Sarah Dixon, CDBC

How can we tell when a dog’s behavior is related to separation distress?
How can we work to modify the behavior, while keeping the dog safe, and under threshold for unwanted behavior?

Learn to identify separation problems in dogs, how to implement behavior modification that your clients can use, and help the dog learn to behave calmly while alone.

This course will help you:

  • Understand what separation issues are and why they occur.
  • Have an understanding of practical techniques to apply to separation distress cases.
  • Understand different levels of separation distress and when medication may be warranted.
  • Understand the role of Desensitization and Counter Conditioning and how to apply them.
  • Work with clients to modify these issues with their dogs.

In this webinar, we will look at the environmental events that maintain separation-related behavior and how being able to identify this behavior gives us the ability to resolve the problem in a humane and effective way. You will also evaluate what constitutes mild, moderate, and severe separation behavior and how to address each. Sarah will discuss when and how to involve the client’s veterinarian to determine whether medication is warranted.

Class schedule: This is a self-study class that will begin on the sign-on date. Students will have access to the course for 60 days from the date of purchase.

Member Cost FREE (watch in your member account)
Non-Member Cost $19

Online Course Cancellation Policy: Courses cannot be refunded once purchased.

About the Presenter

Sarah Dixon is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant currently practicing full time in New York City.

She has fostered and trained dogs for nearly 20 years and has experience and success with many traditionally difficult to train breeds.

She has trained, competed, or titled in many dog sports including obedience, rally obedience, skijoring, dog sledding, agility, musical freestyle, herding, tricks, and nose work.

Sarah has also trained several species of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, parrots, and horses. Sarah specializes in behavior problems such as fear, aggression, anxiety, and reactivity. Most of all, she loves helping people build strong relationships with their pets.

If you have questions, email us at courses@iaabc.org.

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