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NIH Employee Wellness Webinar – Preventing Canine Separation Anxiety - Shared screen with speaker view
Mari aMargarita Camara
31:56
I want to ask the presenter How we can explain to people that sometimes they encourage the bad behavior. How to present that to the dog owner
Rebecca Katz
34:25
If you are not speaking, please MUTE your phones!
Jessica Giangiulio
34:52
Can one of the hosts or co-hosts go through and mute those who are not on mute?
Goli Samimi
35:27
Yes, please! Co-hosts can mute all those unmuted mics, there is a lot of background noise. Thanks!
Elisabeth Unger
35:59
🐕
Goli Samimi
36:02
Thank you!
nathan gill
37:24
Thanks so much for this session
Atondra Carree
38:01
I REALLY need this for my Jax
Kimberly Fortson
39:36
Would any of this advice be applicable to cats as well?
Elisabeth Unger
40:02
After my dogs learned my packing for vacation meant an upcoming separation, I stopped putting suitcases and piling things by the front door in preparation for a trip, and instead stash them one by one in the garage, or take them right out to the car as they are ready.
Meghan Connolly
41:25
@ Kimberly Forston Yes, these skills can be helpful for cats, birds, and other species to help prevent separation anxiety.
Anna Bartlett
41:46
I do not pack with my cat in the same room because once he sees anything that could be considered packing activities he starts acting extra anxious.
nathan gill
43:29
Is this applicable to humans?
Meghan Connolly
43:35
@ Mari aMargarita Camara You can ask folks to help reduce the unwanted behavior by ignoring the dog when they are displaying the unwanted behavior. And/or ask the dog to do another behavior that is incompatible with the unwanted behavior. For example, with barking- you can ask the dog to fetch a toy. If the dog is allowed to keep practicing the unwanted behavior they will become better at it, so we want to break that cycle and give them an opportunity to display wanted behaviors.
Meghan Connolly
43:58
@ Nathan Gill - yes, these skills can be applicable across many species :)
nathan gill
44:04
:)
Meghan Connolly
45:04
@Anna Bartlett great suggestion- provide your cat/dog a puzzle toy or favorite long lasting chew in another room while you pack your bags and load up the car. Or, ask another family member to take them for a walk so they are not around while you are loading the car so they do not experience the visual cues.
Sarika Parasuraman
47:43
Our older pup is going deaf. Would be interested to hear strategies for "special needs" or older pets. He is very aware of visual cues (putting on jeans while getting dressed, etc.). He will bark at the window until we return.
U T
49:08
That will be addressed Sarika. Thank you for your comment.
Claudine Bobb
49:20
Are some breeds more prone to SA than others? I have a retired greyhound rescue and the rescue that I got him from said that he has SA due to dogs being pack animals. However when I went to greyhound meet and greet and talk to other owners a large amount of them didn't have SA...
ROSE MAY
49:58
Do you have any suggestions for blind dogs? I have experience w/blind dogs although not one with separation anxiety.
U T
50:03
Interesting Claudine. Dr. Connolly, can you address Cluadine’s question?
U T
50:31
Yes Ms. May, that is a question that we will address in the Q&A as time permits.
Meghan Connolly
52:40
@ Sarika Parasuraman There are some great deaf dog resources out there. A Deaf Dog Joins the Family: Training, Education, etc. by Terrie Hayward is a great book to start with.
Atondra Carree
52:45
Great name!!! My dogs name is Jax too :)
Sarika Parasuraman
53:11
Thanks Meghan!
Natalie Haynes
53:20
what a handsome boy
Meghan Connolly
53:29
@ Claudine Bobb
Meghan Connolly
54:00
Yes, we do notice that dogs kept in large groups such as greyhounds, hounds, etc. can be more prone to separation anxiety.
Meghan Connolly
54:55
Some of the dogs adapt well to life alone. The best advice if you are looking to adopt a dog, is to find a dog who has been in a foster home situation for several weeks at least, so that they have time to settle in and the foster family has a good idea of what personality the dog has, including if left alone.
Laura Allen
55:12
Where can I find this recorded seminar after this? Will I be able to watch this again?
Natalie Haynes
55:39
we will get an email with the link to this meeting.
U T
56:24
Thank you Natalie. Yes Laura, an email will be distributed to all that registered including the link to the recording as well as additional resources.
Natalie Haynes
56:49
no problem
Laura Allen
57:07
Thank you!
Tyeshia Roberson-Curtis
57:24
What other behaviors does the clicker do?
Brenda Klaunberg
57:58
The clicker is a marker for the behavior you want
Teresa Trent
58:02
Hi I have a little terrier dog and she barks at everything. Any suggestions? She's well-exercised too.
U T
58:27
Teresa, we will discuss excessive barking in the Q&A, time permitting.
Chandra Jackson
58:28
I have the same issue as Teresa
Meghan Connolly
58:32
@Rose May Blind dogs can do quite well with clicker training. There are resources out there including blinddogrescue.org that has some tips and additional resources.
Tyeshia Roberson-Curtis
58:49
Oh awesome. Thank you.
Valencia Courtney
58:50
I have a yorkie poo and she barks a lot too.
Meghan Connolly
58:56
Living with blind dogs by Caroline Levin
Elisabeth Unger
58:58
TT, CJ, try praising them for the quiet ...
Elisabeth Unger
59:12
rather than punishing barking
Ashlee Simmons
59:25
How does clicker training work with separation anxiety? I have to leave my pup home soon and she's crate trained and is fine being in there when I'm home but will go nuts when I leave
Kimberly Cate
59:29
How do you deal with destructive behaviors that only happen when you're not home? In my case, it's digging dirt out of plants, chewing on paper/boxes
U T
59:54
Thank you Dr. Connolly for providing great resources and responses.
Claudine Bobb
01:00:00
Thanks Dr. Connolly! I think that was part of my dogs issue. The rescue that I got him from adopt them straight from the track whereas some greyhounds went to a foster home first then got adopted. My vet suggested meds or getting another dog. However my dog is extra clingy "velcro" to me so getting another dog wouldn't help him. He is currently taking OTC meds which helps a little but we still have some ways to go.
Meghan Connolly
01:00:41
@Ashlee Simmon Clicker Training is very helpful in 'marking' wanted behaviors. It's a much faster way to communicate to your dog and helps them understand what you want them to do. Stay tuned-- Sgt. Maker has excellent step by step tips on training techniques to help settle your dog
Teresa Trent
01:00:45
Hi folks, yes, I've tried distraction, praising quiet and good behavior, and she gets walked a lot. We don't put her in the backyard to potty, so several walks a day.
Teresa Trent
01:01:22
I think some breeds are barkers....sigh...
Michelle Bond
01:01:23
Is it ok for me to share our dog trainer’s name? She’s great and does classes that focus on this kind of thing.
U T
01:01:53
We advise against it Michelle.
Meghan Connolly
01:02:01
@Teresa Trent. it depends on why your dog barking. Are they barking at other dogs, people, birds, cars? Is she barking for attention/food/water/play time? If there are triggers that stimulate your dog to bark, try avoiding them. For example, taking on walks during low traffic times or to an empty industrial park etc.
Michelle Bond
01:02:05
👍
U T
01:02:15
If someone privately messages you, you can provide it to that person privately.
U T
01:02:19
Thank you for asking!
Anne Mayfield
01:02:43
Does Sergeant Maker have a You tube channel with his training videos?
Meghan Connolly
01:02:58
@Claudine Bobb It's always a debate getting a second dog or not. You may end up with a second 'problem child'.
Meghan Connolly
01:03:16
I encourage you to speak with your veterinarian to develop a plan together that best suits your pup.
Heidi Matos
01:03:33
My dog is already trained and does not misbehave when I leave him. I do not have issues if I leave him up to 6hrs but I am worried he may regress if I leave him longer because he cries when I leave and is incredibly excited when I return. How can I alleviate potential sadness or anxiety when he is alone?
U T
01:05:58
From Ms. Camara: When the technique does not work, or me and the dog its struggling to get the command. Should we take a break from the training and come back to it later? Or should I keep pressing the dog.
Meghan Connolly
01:06:03
@Heidi Matos Great question! Providing a long lasting treat that is only given to your pup when you leave will help associate your departures with a positive experience. My dogs run to their crates waiting for their frozen kongs in the morning before I leave. I think they are disappointed sometimes when I stay home and they do not get their kongs :D
Meghan Connolly
01:06:17
Sgt. Maker will provide some great examples later on.
Heidi Matos
01:06:39
+1 Meghan
Teresa Trent
01:07:02
Thank you @Meghan Connolly for your suggestions. I feel some dogs are prone to barking. My son has been a registered dog trainer for >10 yrs. but in OR. I'm hoping to hear/learn new things in re to barking behavior.
Meghan Connolly
01:07:19
@ Ms. Camara Great question! If you or your pup is becoming frustrated, loosing interest, etc. you can ask them to do a favorite cue such as nose target or paw. Take a break, play with your pup, give them water, scatter a few treats on the ground for them to go 'find it', etc.
Meghan Connolly
01:08:28
@ Teresa Trent Here is an excellent article on various barking training tips. https://yourdogsfriend.org/help/barking/
nathan gill
01:08:31
Can monitor all the squirrels/rabbits/passersby with that window.
Kelly Zavadsky
01:09:32
do you fill the kong with peanut butter
Teresa Trent
01:10:08
My gal likes to chase a laser pointer for exercise, like a cat, with treats when she 'catches' the red dot to prevent frustration.
U T
01:10:11
Kelly, Sgt. Maker will cover that soon.
nathan gill
01:10:12
Yes, peanut butter works for a long time too
Meghan Connolly
01:10:37
Yes, you can use peanut butter (make sure no xylitol in it as it is poisonous to dogs). Yogurt, cream cheese, cheese, can spray cheese, apple sauce, canned dog/cat food are all alternatives. I do a mix of veggies/fruit/kibble and a little bit of peanut butter for mine. There are many ideas for stuffing kongs on the internet. Experiment!
Meghan Connolly
01:11:06
Freezing the kongs can help make them last longer for those voracious chewers!
Kelly Zavadsky
01:11:09
oh, ,awesome thank you!
Natalie Haynes
01:11:29
yes you can use peanut butter in kongs fill the kong before you leave and the dog will love it
Natalie Haynes
01:11:50
kongs keep dogs minds busy
Cindy Best
01:12:19
I give my German Shepherds fresh marrow bones from the grocery store. Keeps them busy for hours.
Michelle Bond
01:12:26
Make sure peanut butter doesn’t include xylitol.
Teresa Trent
01:12:39
Fill goat horn with peanut butter and freeze. Lasts a while...
Francesca Macchiarini
01:13:10
My dog has a delicate stomach and can't eat PB or cream cheese. What else could I use to fill the kong?
nathan gill
01:13:16
(just checked all the peanut butters)
Cynthia Whitman
01:13:22
My comment re: peanut butter is go slow as some dogs with delicate stomachs might get diahrea initially.
Diane Koch
01:13:47
How about cooked sweet potato?
Michelle Bond
01:14:03
Puréed pumpkin
Meghan Connolly
01:14:15
@Teresa Trent We recommend not using laser toys with dogs/cats as it can cause serious behavior issues later on- the pet may start to chase shadows and lights. Playing with a flirt pole or other puzzle toys are great alternative ways to provide mental exercise.
Tyeshia Roberson-Curtis
01:14:16
@Francesca we use Kong Ziggies
Natalie Haynes
01:14:22
Both are those foods are great for dogs
Cynthia Whitman
01:14:44
My understanding is any new food should be introduced incrementally/slowly.
Meghan Connolly
01:14:56
For dogs with sensitive stomachs or prescription diets you can soak their food in water, then stuff in the kong. Freeze.
U T
01:15:03
Regarding filling the puzzle toys, Sgt. Maker will cover this topic shortly.
Francesca Macchiarini
01:15:06
TY @Tyeshia!
Teresa Trent
01:15:12
@Meghan Connolly - I didn't know that, thank you!
Natalie Haynes
01:15:43
My three dogs love sweet potatos
Diane Koch
01:16:47
Natalie Haynes, is one of your dogs a chihuahua? I'm looking at your profile pic.
Goli Samimi
01:17:24
I find that if I leave my pup a toy/treat before I leave, it actually increases her anxiety because she knows I am going to leave. And she won't touch the toy/treat while I'm gone. So I don't leave her with anything (other than food and water of course) when I leave, but make sure to give her a high value treat when I return.
Sara Woodson
01:18:49
My dog is about 15 years old and isn't very food motivated anymore
Ann Wiegand
01:19:10
The Kong was the best invention for a puppy/dog ever!
Teresa Trent
01:19:16
Wow, great idea re getting keys and sitting down/changing up cues you might be going out to ease.
Teresa Trent
01:19:30
anxiety
Natalie Haynes
01:19:57
Yes Miniature Pinscher Chuihuahua but I have 2 Apple Head Chiuihuahua
Natalie Haynes
01:20:05
s
Meghan Connolly
01:20:35
@Goli Samimi not willing to consume food (especially high value food items) is a sign of distress/anxiety. Please talk with your vet about your dog on coming up with a specific plan for your pup.
Meghan Connolly
01:21:35
@Sara Woodson If you have not tried a puzzle toy, try slowly introducing something like a snuffle mat or easier toy for your pup. Some dogs really enjoy working for their food and become more interested when they have to work for their meal.
Teresa Trent
01:21:35
My dogs loooove them some pizzle sticks. Good for heavy-chewers too. They're expensive, though.
Cara Anjos Breeden
01:24:49
Thanks so much for this great session!
Ariana Sparks
01:26:05
Thank you!! Great Session!!
Lydia Kibiuk
01:26:08
EXCELLENT presentation. Thank you so much and for presenting a second time!!
Alex Tuttle
01:26:16
Great talk and really cute dog!
Peggy McClelland
01:26:19
Jax is adorable. Thanks!
Akemi W
01:26:20
Thank you so much. very informative. really appreciate it
Michael Boylan
01:26:23
Thanks very much for the presentation, very helpful!
Deanna Tabler
01:26:27
thank you for your time and presentation.
Ethan Palmer
01:26:29
Loved the videos, thanks so much for this presentation!
Marjorie Quinn
01:26:30
Thank you!
Sarika Parasuraman
01:26:30
This was so great - thank you! Returning to the workplace is as big a transition for our pets as for us!
Sara Woodson
01:26:31
@Meghan Connolly We've tried puzzle toys before but he wasn't very into them. I tried again last year and he was even less enthused.
Chandra Jackson
01:26:34
Thank you!
Mari aMargarita Camara
01:26:36
Thanks so much for all the advise
Akemi W
01:26:39
Jax is super luck and adorable!
Claudine Bobb
01:26:40
This was AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much for this presentation.
Teresa Trent
01:26:42
Fantastic!! Thank you very much 👍
Ingrid Frey
01:26:45
So informative! My dog doesn't have separation anxiety but I learned so much!
Patricia Brown
01:26:51
Thank you, this was awesome!
Teresa Trent
01:26:58
P.S. Jax is a good boy!
Jennifer Gray
01:26:59
Thank you for a great session!
Jennifer Gray
01:27:11
And Jax is adorable -- and smart, too!
Karen Tilghman
01:27:58
Excellent presentation, thank you!
Ingrid Frey
01:28:34
My dog is on a schedule so she knows when she goes out. When I leave for the day I say "Buy Izzie, love you, see you soon!"
Mari aMargarita Camara
01:28:34
Thanks you to Meghan with the advise with the food /treats advise. Since some of the food can be damaging to them
Anh Nguyen
01:28:37
Thank you so much! I've picked up many helpful tips from the session as well as comments.
ROSE MAY
01:28:58
Thank you all so much for the great information--this truly helps! Have a good day 😊
Kimberly Cate
01:31:04
I put this in the chat earlier but just curious how do you train the dog out of destructive behaviors when they happen when you’re not home? Such as digging dirt out of plants, chewing on paper/cardboard. Doesn’t happen when I’m there.
Deanna Tabler
01:31:44
I leave the tv on to drown out neighborhood noise and keep them from being alerted to the house being empty
Heidi Matos
01:31:55
Highly recommend DogTV
Carmen Bertoni
01:32:25
Any suggestion on type of treat/rewards for dogs that are not food driven?
Carlyle Abate
01:32:43
Thank you all very much, this presentation was fantastic!
U T
01:34:14
Thank you all!
Kimberly Cate
01:34:41
What if you don’t have a yard for digging space?
Kimberly Cate
01:35:23
Love the scratching board!
Karen Greenan
01:36:13
I have a golden doodle who I cannot let run free in my fenced backyard as he hunts frogs, lizards, and snakes (I live in Florida) some of which are poisonous. Do you have any suggestions on how to redirect this drive?
Marjorie Quinn
01:37:11
A new puppy owner here, I am considering leaving the puppy with my sister and her family who have a lot of experience with dogs while I am away at work for one day a week. Would it be better that I leave her home? If I left her home, I would still have a family member visit to take her out every couple of hours.
Meghan Connolly
01:38:02
@Karen Greenan supervised back yard play time (fetch, agility etc.), leash walks and other mental games such as puzzle toys and learning new tricks.
Meghan Connolly
01:38:37
Teach a 'leave it' command as soon as your dog sees/smells the poisonous wildlife and offer a VERY HIGH value reward (deli meat, cheese, and praise)
Marjorie Quinn
01:39:12
I don't want her to experience separation anxiety, but I do want to eventually train her to be comfortable alone.
Marjorie Quinn
01:39:47
Regardless, I will definitely have someone check in with her. Just don't want her to become dependent on having someone present at all times.
Maria Clavijo-Salomon
01:39:51
Could you please comment a little bit more on what to do when they bark so much when we come back from work?
Meghan Connolly
01:44:07
@marjorie Quinn start with baby steps- use mat or crate training to create a safe settle space for your pup to be when you are in the same room, move to outside the room but still in view, then graduate to other room but not in view, and eventually leave the home. Giving puzzle toys such as frozen kongs can help facilitate self play/ settling.
Meghan Connolly
01:46:01
@ Maria Clavijo-Salomon it sounds as if your dog is super excited when you arrive home! Several things you can do- ignore them (no physical contact, no eye contact, talking to, etc.) until they settle down. AS SOON as they are quiet, praise them and toss a high value treat. You may experience an extinction burst when that first occurs, so it may get a little worse before it gets better because they have learned that barking will get them attention (even yelling/scolding is attention). In addition, tossing them a toy/ball as soon as you enter can help interrupt the barking behavior and is incompatible with barking.
Maria Clavijo-Salomon
01:46:40
Thanks so much!
U T
01:47:23
Thank you all for attending!
Meghan Connolly
01:48:34
Great article for help with
Meghan Connolly
01:48:41
pulling on leash https://yourdogsfriend.org/help/pulling-on-leash/
Meghan Connolly
01:50:01
Head halters such as gentle leader or halti
Meghan Connolly
01:50:45
Front attach harnesses are great for pulling: Freedom harness, Perfect Fit, Balance Harness are all good examples
Meghan Connolly
01:51:14
For those extra pullers (huskies) using a dual clip leash attached to both the front clip of the harness and head collar can be very helpful.
Anne Mayfield
01:51:42
YES!! Thank you!!
Heather Sewell
01:51:47
Thank you so much!!
Igor Ristic
01:51:57
Thank you
Rebecca Katz
01:51:58
many thanks!
Rashmi Gopal
01:52:08
THANKS MUCH to both speakers!
Zach Sergi
01:52:08
thank you!
Rashmi Gopal
01:52:19
AWESOME session!
Julie Cheh
01:52:23
Good luck to everyone and their pups as we return to work!
Desiree Campbell
01:52:24
thank you