There’s no question that dogs can have strong emotions, and some dogs behave as though they are in a state of terror when their owners leave.
Why did I get this book?
Firstly, a friend of mine recommended it. Secondly, I had a smidge of suspicion that my puppers could possibly have a touch of separation anxiety and I wanted to know how to handle or prevent it. Also, it’s one of the top questions we get on this page, so I also did it for you guys, because you deserve the best.
What does this book do?
This book is most importantly a very light read. You might want to know why I’m choosing to start with highlighting that, and here’s the deal: If you have a dog that’s chewing up your home, howling all day long, or racing around in a panic every time you pick up your keys, you don’t want a 300-page masterpiece on the mechanics behind SA. You want a solution. In 36 pages, this is what this book gives you.
The book starts out by laying out the differences between full-blown SA and simply bad house manners. If you have a puppy who’s got trouble being home alone, this is the most important thing to figure out. The book is very clear in distinguishing what is SA and more importantly, what is not.
After that, the book goes on to help you plan out a plan for bad manners because, as the book so well points out, bad manners are the most usual cause for issues with being home alone. So if you’ve read the first part and worked out, like I ended up doing, that your dog is simply not associating your couch with anything but a chew toy, you’re covered too.
If your dog has full-blown SA, don’t worry – this book continues with laying out a plan for it, with solutions to pretty much any aspect of the training needed to help your dog find comfort at home on his own.
What this book does not do:
Well, as noted above, you don’t get the nitty-gritty details about SA, but you don’t really need them to help your dog. 36 pages are enough.
Where do I get this book?
The best part of this book, is perhaps that it’s cheap. Like, capital letters CHEAP! you can get it on Amazon.
Picture of my, as it turns out, poor manners pups. At least they didn’t eat the book while I tried to take the picture