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An exercise for veterinary clients dealing with their pet's separation anxiety that wont let them leave the room, let alone the house.
For some separation anxiety cases, before starting desensitization to predeparture cues, it may be worthwhile to take a step back. And then another, slowly until the pet owner can even leave the room-long enough to go the bathroom by herself-without the dog experiencing major separation anxiety. Interviewed by Dr. Sarah Wooten, our practitioner in the trenches, veterinary behaviorist Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, MS, suggests mat training.