Monthly Archives: November 2014

Separation Anxiety – Part 2

The Treatment Plan

The objective is to reduce and eventually eliminate the dog's underlying anxiety by using  desensitization and counter-conditioning.  Instead of anxiety developing when left alone the dog learns to relax and starts to find some joy in the experience.   We can initiate this change by introducing a series of rewards that override...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 1

A relatively common condition, separation anxiety occurs when the owner or guardian has left or is about to leave.  It results in unwanted behaviour such as barking, howling, chewing, digging, urinating, defecating, coprophagia (eating of feces) and attempts to escape.  Although all of these can...
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Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is not an abonormal behaviour.   In the canine world urinating  in the presence of other dogs is one way to communicate that she is not a threat. ...
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What Causes Paw Licking?

Excessive paw licking is a common issue that can lead to serious skin problems if left untreated.  There are a number of causes and it is important to identify the correct one to ensure the appropriate treatment is applied.  As part of the identification process observe which paw or paws the dog is licking.  If...
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