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Be Right Back! The Separation Anxiety Podcast
16 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
072 How To Stop the Feeling that Training is Taking Over Your Life
No one gets up in the morning and puts on a t-shirt saying “I can’t wait to do separation anxiety training today”. And so it can be easy to find that life gets in the way, and we end up not training. Or, when we do train, we're ALL about the training. So much so, that it feels like that's all we do. If this sounds familiar, just know that this is perfectly normal. It happens to everyone! That’s why in this episode of the Be Right Back! Podcast I dive into super-practical tips for making training fit into your life, rather than letting it take over your life. If you feel overwhelmed and too busy, then you must make sure you listen. Listen while you’re doing something else so that you can easily fit it into your day!
22 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
071 What’s Really Going On in Your Dog’s Brain When Training Wobbles
Oh, those infuriating dips, drops, setbacks, and regression. There isn't a dog parent out there who doesn't go through ups and downs in separation anxiety training. The thing is, though, what we see as confounding and confusion variable progression is actually very normal. And when we understand what's going on in a dog's brain when they learn to be home alone, it makes begins to make so much sense. Tune in to find out more what happens as your dog learns, and how you can use that information to improve your training.
21 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
070 Relax! What We Really Mean by Relaxation in Separation Anxiety Training and Why That Matters
You might be thinking you aren’t ever going to make any progress with separation anxiety training because your dog won’t stay on her bed. Or maybe she starts on her bed but always follows you to the door and waits there. She needs to relax, right? Well, yes and no. We definitely need our dogs to show no anxiety when doing home alone training. But that doesn’t mean she has to stay put. Listen to find out more.
41 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
069 Why We Expect Too Much of Dogs and How to Redress The Balance
So many behaviors that come naturally to dogs are problems for us humans. Think barking, chewing, jumping up, counter-surfing – you name it! No wonder dogs get confused and get it wrong. And no wonder we get frustrated. That’s why in this episode, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Jane Robinson, Chair of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers, UK, about our expectations for dogs, and how we can make our communication with them less frustrating for all concerned.
25 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
068 3 Strategies for Self-Compassion with Christal Allen-Harrahill
If, recently, you've caught yourself thinking that your problems are insignificant ”in the scheme of things“, then you are not alone. When we see war and devastation in the news everyday it can be easy to think that our problems don't matter. But someone else's suffering doesn't make your situation magically okay. That's why in this episode, I chatted with Certified Life Coach, Christal Allen-Harrahill and asked her to share her tips for dealing with our own emotions while processing the disasters we see unfold around the world. The big takeaway that I hope you get from the interview is the advice Christal gives about self-compassion, and how that's not indulgent but vital. As Christal states, you can't drink from an empty cup.
13 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
067 4 Separation Anxiety Notions You Need To Reject
Sadly, we are fed a huge volume of incorrect advice about separation anxiety. And whenever we get bombarded with information, we start to believe what we are told, whether that information is fact-based or not. That's why, in this episode, I go through four of the most commonly-held beliefs about separation anxiety that we must reject.
16 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
066 Separation Anxiety Dogs at the Vets
Separation anxiety dogs fear two things the most: being alone and being crated. Vet stays create a perfect storm of both of these factors. There are ways we can help make vet procedures less stressful for these dogs though. And in this episode I share six tips for helping make the process go as smoothly as it can.
19 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
065 Which Way Would Dogs Vote?
No dog ever voted for being left home alone. Yet, the average dog has learned to put up with our comings and goings. They welcome our return with tail-wagging joy. “You’re home! How wonderful for us both!” It’s different for dogs with separation anxiety. They don’t cope with being left home alone the way average dogs do. Given a choice, they would never want us to leave them! “Don’t go! I can’t cope!” And so, as long as we have jobs, medical appointments, and social lives, we owe it to the dogs who live with us to help them feel more confident and less fearful while we’re away from them. One way to accomplish that goal is to give dogs choices when it’s realistic to do so. In this episode we dive into what choice looks like in separation anxiety training. And I'll share some tips for how you can introduce choice into the separation anxiety training you do with your dog.
16 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
064 Does It Ever Pay To Train When You're Away From Home?
During the holidays, many of us are on the road visiting family and friends. And I'm often asked whether it's worth training when you're away. That's why in this episode I dive into the pros and cons of doing separation anxiety training away from home. If you're traveling this festive season, tune in to find out what your best plan of action should be!
17 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
063 Answered! Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1)
Having seen 1000s of owners go through separation anxiety training, I've got a pretty good sense of the most common questions people have, to say the least! That's why in this episode and next, I'm giving you the answers to the most frequently questions that come up, including how often should you train, how long should a training session be and is following bad? Tune in to find out the answers!
23 minutes | Oct 23, 2021
062 Emergency! What to Do When You’re Left with No Choice but to Leave Your Dog
As much as I know you're 100% committed to managing absences, what happens in an emergency? As horrible as it is to think about bad things happening is does pay to have a contingency plan should disaster strike. In this episode I look at how to plan for those rare occurrences where you might, just might, need to leave your dog. Hopefully, you'll never be faced with such a dilemma but if you do, planning ahead can help you.
20 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
061 7 Facts About Crating That You Absolutely Need To Know
There are few, if any, aspects of separation anxiety that create more mythology than crating. I see way too much muddled and confusing advice, and I can see that many of you struggle to get your head around whether or not to crate your dog. To clear things, up this episode covers the seven facts about crating that you absolutely need to know.
17 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
060 Why You Absolutely Must Leave Your Puppy Home Alone
You've heard the horror stories about people getting pandemic puppies only to find that their pup grows into a dog they can't leave. You're so scared that this will happen to your puppy that you just don't dare leave him. You've taken on board all the advice about how this is a bad strategy. But you missed the bit about how you do need to leave them – as long as you so within context of gradual home-alone training. In this episode I'm going to show you why, if you're worried about leaving your puppy, you don't need to be concerned, as long as you do it safely and gently and follow a structured training plan.
20 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
059 Is It Really a Problem If Your Dog Really Follows You to the Door?
You've started training. You manage to get to the door or even out of the door but... ...your dog is following you the whole time. Big problem, right? Well, maybe but maybe not. You see anxiety isn't always the reason dogs follow us to the door during training. And just because your dog is following you, that doesn't mean to say your training is a write-off. In this episode I explain when following is okay and when it's not. And I look out what to do with a dog who waits by the door.
43 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
058 It Happens to Trainers Too!
Don't think for a minute that your dog getting separation anxiety is a result of you being an inadequate dog parent, or down to you being clueless about what you're doing. Not at all! Plenty of dog professionals and dog trainers have dogs who develop separation anxiety too. In this episode I'm chatting to Certified SA Pro Trainers, Beth Berkobien and Jo Sellers, about their own dogs' journeys with separation anxiety. They share their stories and give you some trainers tips for how best you can navigate the separation anxiety journey.
34 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
057 When Myths Become Truths
Does it seem like there's a ton of conflicting advice out there about separation anxiety? I can totally see why you might think that and why that might leave you feeling overwhelmed, not knowing what to do. But here's the thing, the way we get dogs over separation anxiety – gradually getting them used to alone-time – isn't a secret. And it's pretty much accepted as the standard method, by people who know about these things. The confusion you're feeling is down to conflicting opinions (not advice) from professionals, online commentators, and maybe even friends and family. You see, there are so many separation anxiety myths out there and too many people talk about myths as if there were facts. But how do myths become truths? And how on earth can you know what to believe when it comes to separation anxiety training advice? Tune into this episode to find out!
20 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
056 Can You Ever Really Convince A Skeptical Other Half?
Has your dog's separation anxiety been the cause of a few tense moments between you and your other half? Perhaps they think you're being too soft on your dog. Maybe they think the training is taking too long and that you should just let your dog cry it out. If this sounds familiar, then tune into this episode where I share my tips for doing separation anxiety training the right way even if your partner isn't bought into the training method.
28 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
055 The 7 Common Separation Anxiety Training Errors – And What You Can Learn From Them
Separation anxiety training takes effort and it takes time. And there are a fair few mistakes that are easy to commit and which make training all the harder. That's why, in the episode, I spill the beans on the errors that I see people make over and over. I'll also share my tips and tricks to help you avoid these, and so ensuring your training far more efficient and much less painful!
26 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
054 Why You Need To Know What's Normal For Your Dog
When we're deep into separation anxiety training we get really good at observing our dogs when they are alone. So good in fact, that we can sometimes overlook getting to know what their body language is at other times. But in order to understand what's going on when doing departure training, we have to know what's normal for our dogs. Tune into this episode for tips on reading your dog in all sorts of situations. Plus, grab your free downloadable observation sheet here.
12 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
053 A Guide to the Technology You Need for Training
Separation anxiety training has been revolutionized by video technology, in particular being able to watch your dog remotely. But it can be tricky to know what to pick and how to set up the tech you need without breaking the bank. In this episode I explain why tech matters and I guide you through your options, fancy and not-so-fancy. There's an option for every budget and it needn't be daunting.
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