Q. my dog has seperation behaveior problems she really freaks out bad

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A. Slowly desensitize her to your absence. Prepare to leave the house several times during the day and night. Leave sometimes and other times stay. Initially, step outside for a minute or two then walk back inside. Do not make a big deal about leaving or returning. Ignore her for 15 minutes or until she calms down each time you return. Gradually increase the length of your absence. Provide special toys or treats to be used only when you leave. Use praise and small rewards as she progresses. The use of pheromone collars or sprays may also help to ease her anxiety. She may need to be seen by your vet as well as by a behaviorist or trainer. A combination of medication and behavior modification may be required in this situation.

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