Separation Anxiety

Does your pup get anxious when left alone? It might be dealing with separation anxiety. Our Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) can provide effective solutions.

You are not alone! Studies suggest that between 20-50% of pet dogs suffer from separation-related issues.

Stress caused by separation anxiety can be overwhelming. The constant anxiety your dog experiences when left alone can lead to home destruction, noise complaints from neighbours, and incessant worry whenever you have to leave. It is the most discussed behaviour problem in the literature, and yet, the solution seems elusive.

We want you to know that the majority of cases can be resolved with guidance from a trained professional. Treatment for separation anxiety involves humane and evidence-based methods, using the latest technology to enhance success. Through implementing customised, systematic desensitisation protocols, we gradually enhance your dog’s comfort with being alone, minimising panic and distress for all parties.

Does your dog show these worrisome behaviours?

Barking, howling, whining and/or crying when left alone

Peeing/pooing inappropriately in the home

Destroying the house and furniture, especially near doors and windows

Suspect that your pup is suffering from separation-related problems? Contact us today!

An anxious dog gazes out of a window, waiting anxiously for its owner's return.

Research tells us that..

  • Separation anxiety is NOT caused by spoiling your dog, or failing to ‘show leadership’. it is a complex condition with factors like genetics and early environment potentially playing a role in its development.
  • It seriously impacts your pet’s well-being and health, requiring proper treatment.
  • Crate training, offering food toys or letting the dog ‘cry it out’ is ineffective and may cause more harm.
  • Instead, success is more likely with carefully conducted, individualised systematic desensitisation.

Qiai is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) who trained under world-renowned expert Malena deMartini.

Rest assured that you’re in capable hands, as behaviour specialist Qiai has undergone rigorous training in this competitive program. Backed by decades of collective knowledge, data, and experience, Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers (CSATs) are recognised as experts by Veterinary Behaviourists and international training organisations in effectively treating separation anxiety.

Using cutting-edge technology, we provide remote coaching to pet owners via online platforms like Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet. Remote training is especially effective for separation anxiety cases and offers the added advantage of accommodating your location.

To explore options for you and your pup, schedule a complimentary 30-minute call via our booking form.

  1. Bradshaw, J.W. et al. (2002) ‘Aetiology of separation‐related behaviour in domestic dogs’, Veterinary Record, 151(2), pp. 43–46. doi:10.1136/vr.151.2.43.

  2. Flannigan, G. and Dodman, N.H. (2001) ‘Risk factors and behaviors associated with separation anxiety in dogs’, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 219(4), pp. 460–466. doi:10.2460/javma.2001.219.460.

  3. Ogata, N. (2016) ‘Separation anxiety in dogs: What progress has been made in our understanding of the most common behavioral problems in dogs?’, Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 16, pp. 28–35. doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2016.02.005.

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