Separation Anxiety is a syndrome, or a group of signs, that a dog displays due to a panic crisis triggered by the phobia of being left alone. Therefore, those signs are just a manifestation of the dog’s underlying panic of the situation, and completely out of his control at that moment. That’s why focusing on solving only the signs won’t treat the problem and only a protocol which concentrates on fixing the anxiety that the dog feels when he is alone will be successful over time.
There are a great variety of signs that dogs suffering from Separation Anxiety can display when alone. Even when the most common signs can be recurrently barking, chewing on specific objects, and eliminating, there are many more signs that can be seen, and dogs can show some or all of them at the same time, depending on the case. The common denominator though is that these signs will only be displayed when dogs are alone.
To be successful when dealing with this disorder, there is no need for the trainer to visit the dog and family in their home. In fact, the presence of the specialist would alter the dog’s real environment and routine, preventing an organic view of the situation, and becoming a disadvantage for the program’s progress. Instead, remote training will allow a proactive approach to the problem, observing the dog in real time and customizing the plan daily, according to each dog’s needs, difficulties, and progress, limiting the chance of failure.