Does your dog have trouble
being left home alone?
If so, you're in the right place.
Hi, my name is Sadie and my journey in dog training has led me to specialize in the treating of separation anxiety and other related behavior problems. Separation anxiety is prevalent in dogs across the globe, but with more research being done we now have methods to successfully treat it through the process of desensitization, and I'm here to help you.
I offer an intensive program that treats the root cause of your dog's separation anxiety. The relationships I build with clients are very important to me, and I strive to provide an open and supportive space throughout the training process.
How I help:
Dog training is an unregulated industry- misinformation spreads fast and it can be hard to know what to listen to. I've studied extensively in order to provide legitimate help to those struggling with their dogs. I stay up to date on the latest animal behavior research, which includes learning theory, applied behavior analysis, and systematic desensitization. I believe in using methods that are humane and effective. As such, I've taken a vow to never use pain, force, or fear to train animals (or their owners). When working together I take both a dog's individual needs and their owner's lifestyle into account when determining the best plan of action. Furthermore, I am here to help people, not just their dogs. I strive to develop lasting relationships with my clients and support them in both times of hardship and celebration.
How it Works
Initial Phone Call
After submitting your contact form, I will reach out to you to schedule a free 15 minute phone call to discuss your case, answer any questions, and ensure we are the right fit for each other.
Once we start working together, we'll have a live assessment over Zoom to see how your dog handles being alone. This will give us necessary information in order to start your dog's individualized training protocol.
Each time you complete a training mission, you'll get to add notes on how your dog did! Based on these notes I'll write your next day's mission. On top of that, we'll have a live Zoom consultation once a week to assess your dogs progress and make adjustments.
What qualifications do you have?
Jump to: "About Me"
What causes separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a panic disorder in dogs, and humans have very little influence over whether or not it will develop. While major changes like moving homes or starting a new work schedule can trigger separation anxiety, research has shown it can develop regardless of a dog's breed, age, their upbringing, or how much attention they receive. In short, an owner cannot cause a dog to have separation anxiety. The truth is dogs are highly social animals, many of them are genetically predisposed to become anxious when left alone.
What is Desensitization and what makes this method so successful?
In this context, desensitization will be the process of gradually introducing your dog to being left alone at a rate they are comfortable with. Your dog will be learning that being left alone feels safe, and the process of changing that underlying emotion is what makes this a lasting treatment.
How much time will I need to spend training?
The training missions should take 20-30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Why train remotely?
Training remotely allows us to practice absences as they would happen in real life. We want your dog to learn it's very boring when you come and go, so having a trainer come in person would be unnatural and add unnecessary excitement. This platform also allows me to have more time to communicate daily with owners and to help anyone regardless of their location.
What area do you serve?
Working remotely, I'm able to work with anyone in the world who has access to the internet and Zoom. If you need help setting up the technical side, I'm happy to walk you through it.
How much do you charge?
$180/week when committing to a 4 week package.
- Free 1 hour initial assessment upon signing up.
- New individualized behavior modification plans and coaching 5 days a week.
- Weekly 1 hour live consultations over Zoom (4 total).
- Daily support and communication via text and email.
- Collaboration with your local veterinarian, as needed.
How long will the training take?
How long the training takes is highly dependent on your individual dog and what your goals are. For desensitization to be successful we have to work at your dogs pace. I will say it's best to think in terms of months, not weeks- but in the end it's worth it knowing your dog will be relaxed at home even while you're gone.
Will this really work?
While no one can make guarantees when it comes to an individual animal's behavior, desensitization has an incredibly high success rate when owners follow the protocol.
How can I sign up or get more information?
Please reach out through my Contact Form. Thank you!
Hi! My name is Sadie Goldman and I absolutely love people and animals. I strongly believe in using only the most up to date, science based, positive reinforcement training methods. I'm Certified in Training and Counseling (CTC) as well as being a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). When I began my business I was located in the Sacramento area and specialized in fear, aggression, and behavior modification. I offered a wide range of services (including in-person consultations, group classes, boarding) and was involved in rescue, rehabilitation, and service dog training. I have since moved from the Sacramento area and now travel full time in an RV with my partner and our 3 dogs. I love the freedom this lifestyle offers while still being able to treat dogs with separation anxiety remotely. I especially enjoy this work because I know how difficult and heart wrenching it can be having a dog with separation anxiety- I've personally spent a lot of time working through the protocol with my own dogs. I'm thrilled to be helping people all over the world to overcome this challenge and have a happier life with their pets.