Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs – Malena DeMartini


About Separation Anxiety in Dogs:

Separation Anxiety (SA) affects approximately 17% of all dogs and is a clinical disorder which is typically treated with a combination of behavior modification and medications. Separation Anxiety is a disorder which affects not only dogs, but the people who love them, as they struggle with management of the symptoms of panic in their dog, in addition to outside stressors such as trouble with landlords or neighbors due to excessive vocalizing, destruction of valuables, mounting vet bills due to self-injury and more.

Michael and Margaret Reed, guardians to recovered separation anxiety dog, Marlowe

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“Any dog parent with this issue will be filled with hope and optimism. The course is so user-friendly and informative in a way that makes the reader encouraged, not feel judged at all. This is awesome and will help so many dogs! Instead of their parents giving up, they will have a plan.” – Michael and Margaret Reed

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Dogs:

Symptoms which are typically observed in a dog that is experiencing separation anxiety include, but are not limited to the following top three symptoms:

  1. Vocalization
  2. Destructive behavior  
  3. Elimination (peeing or pooping)

It is important to note that these behaviors only occur when the dog is left alone or is about to be left alone.This is important because if a dog is eliminating in the house sometimes when the guardian is home and sometimes when not, this may be an issue of incomplete housetraining and not separation anxiety. This is also true of vocalizing, as dogs bark for a number of reasons, including boredom and they may also chew or engage in other destructive behaviors as a result of boredom. Ruling out separation anxiety is extremely important before making a determination.

Mission Possible – Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs:

Separation Anxiety in Dogs is best treated with a combination of behavior modification and medications, though not all dogs will need to go on medications. This course is meant to serve as a starting point for your treatment journey. Mission Possible – Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs is designed to help guardians understand this debilitating disorder and give them the tools to embark on the treatment process. Malena DeMartini, is an expert in dog separation anxiety. She is the instructor for this course and has been working solely with clients with this disorder for almost 20 years. We’re thrilled to have her offering this course, which allows her to share her expertise with more dogs and guardians than ever before.

Many people and dogs may achieve alone time success simply by following the information and guidelines in the course, but some may need additional support from a veterinarian, veterinary behaviorist or a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).

About this course and what you’ll find inside

  • How to assess your own dog for separation anxiety 
  • What pre-departure cues are and how the things you do every day can be the tip-off to your dog that ‘scary alone time’ is coming
  • How to create training “Missions” which are the daily steps we take dogs through in the training process
  • What the experts have to say and how our experience can help you build a separation anxiety protocol to help get your dog on the road to recovery

“Thank you very much for this course.  I’m able to leave my terrier Fred alone for 3 hours with just about everything untouched!  I’m now able to catch a movie, go to the museum and even go out to dinner!  We followed the plan’s sample exercise, and he was able to be alone as we worked up to an hour.  Because he was only able to hold his bladder for 1.5 hours,  I tried putting him in a crate with a favorite chew.  He ignored the chew, and the third time, I crated him, he tore up the bedding at night (due to pent up anger, I think.)  Ever since then, I have not put him in the crate and except for a couple of barks when I leave, he waits quietly for my return.  I’m not sure what he does, but nothing is touched, not even his bully stick.  Previously when I had the camera on him, he would just lie down by the door, so I’m assuming the same thing is happening as nothing is touched or moved.  I started this course because he would bark continually and pant rivers of water so that he was drenched in his own saliva when I left him in a crate,  He does sleep in a crate and willingly retires to it, but leaving him now with full range of the home, he seems to be alright.  Thank you again for the course and the example exercises which we followed exactly.  It seems to have worked for us. Very Grateful.” – Joanne

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About Malena De Martini:

treating-dog-separation-anexityMalena De Martini is renowned in the dog training world for her expertise in separation anxiety disorder. She is the author of Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs and has contributed articles on separation anxiety to The Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ (APDT) journal, Chronicle of the Dog and many other publications. She lectures on SA at professional dog training workshops and conferences around the world, traveling to places such as Australia, Chile and the UK to share her knowledge. She’s spoken at the APDT annual conference, as well as the PPG Summit. Malena is an honors graduate of the esteemed San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, where she studied under Jean Donaldson, and is a member of IAABC, the APDT and the Pet Professional Guild.

Malena has focused exclusively on SA, working hundreds of cases and constantly innovating to find better ways to treat the condition and support clients. Her particular strengths lie in reading the subtleties of dog body language and guiding owners patiently and with great enthusiasm through the gentle process of healing their dogs. 

Malena DeMartini discusses separation anxiety with Lori Nanan:

What You Need to Know about Separation Anxiety in Dogs:

Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety do not outgrow it or get better on their own. Desensitization as it is outlined in this course is the gold standard for treatment.

  • You understand that your dog is experiencing a panic disorder. In understanding this you will agree that you will not utilize training methods that involve fear, intimidation, punishment or anything that is perceived as scary or aversive to your dog. 
  • You are not alone. We have successfully helped hundreds of guardians and dogs achieve alone time success and our community of CSATs and guardians are here to support you on your journey.
  • We have almost 20 years experience in separation anxiety training and though this course is not as personalized and individualized as working with one of our CSATs, for some it can start the separation anxiety training process and allow you to achieve alone time success.
  • You recognize that you cannot leave your dog alone (outside of training exercises) throughout your protocol – this is crucial. This does not mean that you always have to be with your dog, but that you acknowledge the importance of managing absences and agree to utilize management and get creative.  Moving forward in our online program may help you gain the full picture of what this can look like.

This course is offered at $99 USD. For anyone that has seen, heard or video recorded their dog crying, yelping, barking, pacing, panting and sometimes, hurting themselves when you leave knows how much this panic and anxiety these dogs are experiencing. Click below to register and please read course disclaimer prior to enrolling.

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by Margaret on Mission Possible - Treating Dog Separation Anxiety
Life changer for us

We were able to get our freedom back by changing our expectations and our behaviors through this course. It is written in a no-nonsense way that doesn’t talk down to the readers. For motivated dog parents that have these challenges, this is a way to make life manageable again. We go out now and have a happy dog awaiting us. A miracle, truly.

by Christine on Mission Possible - Treating Dog Separation Anxiety
The perfect way to get started on a plan for Separation Anxiety!

This course was so helpful for getting started with an SA plan. Thanks to all who put it together!

by Jilda Hellinga on Mission Possible - Treating Dog Separation Anxiety
Max has separation anxiety

I recently took the online course on separation anxiety. My world had become quite limited after adopting my dog Max. Max has separation anxiety and Addison's a medical condition where he becomes ill if he is under stress for long periods of time. I didn't know how I would ever get my life back and not be house bound with my dog. Groceries were gotten late at night or first thing in the morning. Going out became a thing of the past. After taking the online course, I now have hope that Max's separation anxiety can be helped. Max and I are working through this together and his triggers are starting to fade into the past. I now have the tools for us to be successful and the hope that we will get there in the near future.

by Lisa Robert on Mission Possible - Treating Dog Separation Anxiety
Dog would panic when I left the house

I was so happy to find this course. It was heartbreaking when I was about to leave home as I could see my puppy panicking, pacing and yelping. I know he had separation anxiety but had no idea how to deal with it until I found your course. Thank you so much for creating this course. I have been working through it for a few weeks now and I know what signals I am sending out to indicate I am about to leave so I have changed up my routine. I have also worked on leaving him progressively for longer and longer times but this still a work in progress as I have only really just started to follow your protocol. Again, thank you.

by Natalie & Elliott on Mission Possible - Treating Dog Separation Anxiety
Thank you for creating course

I am so happy that you have created this course. I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed by the amount of information about separation anxiety on the web. I didn’t know where to begin. Your course, however, offered a practical and scientific approach to treating SA, and after taking it, I felt confident that I could start my own training with the right tools. I also liked that it allowed me to work independently, as I have a good understanding of my dog’s body language, and enjoy working with data. We are over one week into our desensitization program, and I am already seeing small improvements – and for my SA dog, small changes are a BIG deal. I can’t wait to see what the following weeks bring.