Many of the tools described below, could provide great help while working on a Separation Anxiety Program, and be very useful for optimizing the training process. However, every dog and situation are unique, therefore assessing what would be beneficial to each dog and his family is needed.
This program benefits in a unique way from remote training. That’s why technology plays an essential role when starting on a Separation Anxiety plan.
If technology is not your friend, that’s ok! You will only need a few basic tools to go through this program in the best way: a laptop, a smartphone, internet signal, and an easy to use application, such as Zoom or Skype.
If you enjoy technology, you will have the chance to access many options that can be useful to work on this program, such as tablets, and security cameras.
Although not always necessary, in some cases, having baby gates which can be open and closed as doors, or x-pens or barriers to block certain areas in the home, will be helpful to set up an area where the dog can comfortably stay during the absence rehearsals.
There are many toy options on the market, but in general, round shaped stuffed toys allow on one side, to daily feed the dog with his own kibble in order to promote mental stimulation, and on the other, be helpful when acclimating the dog to a confined area of the home is needed.
This kind of feeder that works with a wireless system and a remote, is a useful tool to use as enrichment, or during training and feeding routines. While it is not a resource needed in every case, it can be helpful as a tool to complement training in different situations such as: barking, fears, and separation anxiety, among others.
This product, composed of a dog appeasing pheromone, can be helpful complementing a separation anxiety program due to its potential to make the dog feel calmer under its effect. While not all dogs may require these types of products or be benefited by them, it’s worth having them in mind as one more available resource.
Natural products and/or medication
While not all dogs will benefit from using them nor need them to complement their treatment, it is always advisable to talk to your veterinarian about these options, so he can check your dog’s health and determine if they may be appropriate or recommendable in your case, to complement the behavior program of your dog.