Head of the Class Dog Training LLC 

Winchester, VA

Winchester's Premium Professional Pet Training

OUR SEPARATION ANXIETY Behavior Modification training uses state of the art techniques created by Separation Anxiety Expert Malena deMartini which are fast becoming the  industry standard: How is the Separation Anxiety program different than private training for other behavioral issues?

First of all, to work on desensitizing your dog to being alone, he has to practice BEING alone! That can’t be accomplished with the trainer at your house, so traditional in-home lessons are not as effective. On the other hand, your dog has to be observed during absences so he is not reaching his panicked state… which is a challenge! This is where technology comes to the rescue!

In the past, training programs worked on eliminating the symptoms of the problem, like barking or destroying things, but they failed to tackle the root of the problem; which is the underlying anxiety your dog feels at being alone. Advances in affordable web-based technology have revolutionized what can be accomplished with long suffering dogs and owners. Once the anxiety about being alone is ameliorated, the behaviors the dog would use to cope with that stress also disappear.

The training for Separation Anxiety occurs remotely, using Skype®, Zoom®, (or some other camera system,) Feedback and communication from trainer to client and vice versa utilizes text message and Google Spreadsheets on a regular basis.

Your 4 week plan includes:

  • A free 30 minute phone contact to determine if the program is right for you.

  • An initial online assessment via video tools with trainer to determine how to begin your plan specifically for your dog
  • Customized, daily step-by-step mission plans that show you exactly what to do each day
  • A weekly online session (approx.. 30 minutes) with trainer via Skype® / Zoom®, etc. to assess your dog’s progress
  • Advice, problem solving, and motivation five days each week – through email notes and feedback on your lesson notes

The SA Program does not address other unrelated behavior problems, however, if you live locally, your package price does include 4 group classes in basic manners, if appropriate for your dog.

Initial 4 Week SA Program - $825

(Includes 4 group classes)

Continuing 4 Week SA Program - $700

(Includes 4 group classes)

Online Alone Time Assessment Only - $105

Commitments: For success, you will need to:

  • Commit to suspending absences during the training time frame. This may involve adjusting your schedule, enlisting the help of pet sitters, dog walkers and friends or family to make sure your dog is not re-sensitized.
  •  Commit to working with the dog 30 minutes per day, five days per week on the custom designed lessons provided for you and your dog. You may choose the training times that fit best with your schedule.
  • Commit to a weekly “online” session with trainer using Skype®, Zoom®, etc.
  • Commit to providing feedback notes to trainer on the format provided
  • Commit to a minimum 4 week training plan

Owner Commitments for Optimal Results

READY To begin? Do this first!

  1. Submit the contact form specifically for Separation Anxiety - (fill out form to request it)
  2. Schedule a 30 minute call using the link provided

3.  Prepare for your session - Your trainer will call you at the specified time

If you are ready for relief, for YOU, and your dog… Do this next!

  1. Pay program fee for your first 4 weeks (link will be sent)
  2. Arrange schedule to suspend absences
  3. Gather your technology
  4. Test your camera / iPad / tablet cam, etc.
  5. Schedule your Online  Alone Time Assessment

6. Complete the Online Alone Time Assessment with the trainer

7. Receive your first Mission Assignment and get ready to overcome this seemingly insurmountable problem!

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What's new with Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is a disorder, or a phobia, in which your dog panics about being left alone, or left by a certain person. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that about 15% of the 72 million dogs in the US, suffer from some degree of separation anxiety or isolation distress. There are many triggers for separation anxiety: the loss of a special human, a move to a new home, or a schedule change, like if an owner changes jobs and has to go to a job vs working from home, or after a lengthy vacation. We don’t fully understand why some dogs take these things in stride, and others develop crippling anxiety.

What we do know is that it can be heartbreaking to witness your trusting companion begin to panic while you're getting ready to leave. It is equally frustrating to come home to torn up furniture and complaints from neighbors about incessant barking and howling.

Your dog isn't digging through your couches and carpets because he is “mad” at you and he isn't breaking out of his crate because he is stubborn about being crated- he is living with abject terror of being left alone. It is crucial that we change his emotional state in order to change these behaviors. Just like humans, dogs can’t make rational decisions while in a panicked state.

With proper training, (and for some dogs, support from a veterinarian) odds are in your favor that you can change your dog's emotional state from full-panic to relaxation. On average, 73% of dogs who go through separation anxiety training have had significant improvement and some have complete resolution. 

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