Tanner is an awesome, wonderful pup, but she had some VERY frustrating issues in the beginning! Tanner came to us in a transport from Mobile, AL, in August ‘17 to make room in southern shelters for hurricane dogs from Florida. Having just lost our beloved old Beagle, James, we figured we could foster, but were not yet ready to adopt. So we took 2-month-old Tanner and one of her sisters for two weeks. And now we’re bona fide foster failures because we couldn’t give Tanner back.
However, as soon as she was home by herself with us, we started noticing severe anxiety. Confining her to the kitchen, she panicked when we left, and ultimately broke out through a door that wouldn’t latch. Enter Carol. She put us all on a daily training regimen to alleviate Tanner’s separation anxiety and confinement issues.  It was intense, but we knew it would be worth it. Over weeks of training we watched Tanner get more and more relaxed with us leaving. We could almost see her rolling her eyes when we’d say good-bye. We set up cameras and iPads, and Carol periodically monitored Tanner remotely when we left the house, and slowly but surely, Tanner got used to it. With Carol guiding us through the training, this very young pup became a rock star at lying quietly on the couch. To this day, she still hates being left, but she accepts it, and she KNOWS we’re coming back.
Thank you, thank you, Carol!!!  Tanner is an awesome pup, but you basically made her PERFECT!!!!
Jenny Campbell and Amy Sancetta

Resolving Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety wreaks havoc on dog and human alike. The suffering
the dog endures is apparent in every heart-wrenching howl. It is stressful
and frustrating for guardians, as well. Separation anxiety is not easy to resolve
but it is simple in many ways ​and help is at hand.


Carol Peter is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She has achieved this certification through an intensive course of study with Malena DeMartini-Price. Malena is the author of Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs and has focused her training practice entirely on separation anxiety for the past 15 years. She has hundreds of successfully resolved cases to her credit.

Carol offers separation anxiety training support to guardians and their dogs through a program of systematic desensitization. Separation anxiety may not be easy to resolve, but it is achievable. The program involves a supportive training partnership that provides customized training exercises and video assessments and progress tracking through web-based tools.

Advances in technology, new ways of thinking about support, and a structured approach to creating separation anxiety plans have turned a nearly impossible task into a doable one with successful resolution of even the most severe separation anxiety cases.

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Tanner's Story