Two weeks ago I celebrated with one of my separation anxiety clients over her newfound ability to leave her dogs alone for three-plus hours without barking complaints from her apartment neighbors. And then suddenly the gym where she could finally climb the rock wall again closed and the library that she visited on her first night of dog-less freedom closed and the coffee shops closed and… you know where this is going. But I’m not the kind of person to dwell on the negative, and neither is she, so we had a good laugh about the irony of it all.

Then it hit me: This Coronavirus shutdown is the PERFECT time for us to teach dogs how to handle being alone.

On its face that statement doesn’t seem to make sense. How can dogs learn to be alone if we don’t leave them to go to work or the gym or the grocery store? The answer is that now that we don’t have to leave for extended periods…

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