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Peggy Swager will be continuing to apply the techniques seen in the “Separation Anxiety – A Weekend Technique” with rescue dogs. She will be capturing the success stories, modifications she made to fit a given situation, and how to apply other training methods to help dogs through other problem areas in her blog, Facebook postings, YouTube Videos, and articles. She highly encourages you to continue visiting her website as further procedures and case studies are provided. Case studies are invaluable as they show a full story of how a dog goes through the process of learning to be content with being left home alone. Peggy Swager also has an upcoming article. Here is a snippet from that article…


Article-Separation Anxiety, a Different Approach

In the 1970’s, I obtained a BS in biology and began working with a variety of animals. I soon to specialized in working to help resolve behavior issues in horses. About 20 years ago started working with problematic dog behaviors. One of the issues that I’ve dealt with in both horses and dogs is separation anxiety. Horses who have separation anxiety issues are said to be “herd bound.” My years of working with horses who had moderate to severe herd bound issues taught me how to deal with this problem, so when I had issues with dogs who had mild to moderate separation anxiety, I was able to work out a training technique to help. One of the important things I learned is that you need to teach the distress animal to settle down about the departure event. With that philosophy in mind, I came up with a training system called the “I’ll be Back” technique, and found it helped my clients solve issues in dogs with mild to moderate separation anxiety. I decided to film the technique for release on a DVD. While doing the filming, a seven-year-old German Shepherd foster I had taken on developed severe separation anxiety. Jewel came from a puppy mill which had surrendered several breeding dogs at once. Unfortunately, a few of the foster homes reported that the dogs, when left alone, broke out of their outside pens and escaped. When Jewel was in my outside pen with my other dog, Abby, Jewel was fine. But...



Peggy Swager’s most recent books are: “Training the Hard to Train Dog,” and “How to Start a Home Based Dog Training Business.” Her DVD on separation anxiety, “Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique,”

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