separation anxiety

Our methods focus on strengthening your dog's resilience in your absence. Dogs can become capable of coping with separation over time which decreases the risk of self-injury and destruction of the home.

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Understanding Canine Separation Anxiety

Last year, many of us got puppies and then lived every minute of our lives with them. Then it was time to go back to work. The result? Dogs that were upset and anxious when left alone -- sometimes so anxious that they ate our stuff, scratched at the door, busted out of crates, and worse.

Dogs adopted or born during COVID developed separation anxiety because they were not prepared to spend even a few hours alone without us.

Separation anxiety is not a new problem. Rescue dogs often suffer from it. One study suggests that as many as 85% of all recently rescued dogs have some level of separation distress.

We are happy to partner with you and your veterinarian in a series of private lessons designed to address this issue.

Next Steps

1. Schedule a private lesson with Marti Hohmann using the Online Scheduler or call Marti at 561-906-2830.

2. Schedule a consult with your veterinarian.

3. Schedule follow-up private lessons with Marti Hohmann using Online Scheduler or call Marti at 561-906-2830.

Private lessons will lead you through a behavior modification protocol that should give you and your dog some relief, over time, from his hyper-attachment to you. The lessons use desensitization and counter-conditioning to reduce your dog's anxiety gradually.

Private Lesson Pricing

Private lessons may be scheduled one at a time, or as packages. Private lesson pricing is as follows:

  • Pay as You Go (Per Lesson) with Staff Trainer - $115
  • Package of 5 Lessons (5% off - must be used in 3 months) - $546.25
  • Package of 10 Lessons (5% off - must be used in 6 months) - $1092.50

Individual lessons and packages must be prepaid.

Private Lesson Scheduling

In order to schedule a dog training private lesson please go to our Online Scheduler or call Marti at 561-906-2830.

If you have any questions please contact us via the form on our contact page. We look forward to training with you and your dog soon.

Basic Intake Form

If you are a new client, please complete the Basic Intake Form and sign the Private Lessons Contract.

Cancellation Policy

Please choose the date and time for your private lesson carefully. Consistency is key to your dog’s success. Because we want to see you reach your training goals, and because we keep our caseload small to provide personalized support toward those goals, we charge a $25 fee for missed or canceled training sessions. Please cancel/reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance in Acuity or call Marti at 561-906-2830.

Homework Matters

Homework (the consistent application of your behavior modification protocol) is important. We are disappointed when the dogs in our private lesson practice do not make progress, or when solutions offered are not applied. We reserve the right to discontinue private lessons at any time. You may find it helpful to video parts of your lesson, or write down exercises to practice until next time.

If you like, you may book a private dog training lesson in which the dog trainer comes to your home and works with your dog. You do not have to be present during the training session - we will provide notes and video.

Private Lesson Guidelines

For private lesson procedures, please read the Private Lesson Guidelines below. If you have any questions, please contact us via the form on our contact page.