Riley’s View: Dog Separation Anxiety


Hi Friends,

I wanted to share about a recent conversation I overheard between my dad, professional trainer Marc Elias, and his human companion about SA. Humans and their acronyms, it’s hard enough learning the English language let alone decoding an acronym. Anyhow I searched for SA on my humans company website and learned that SA is short for separation anxiety.

After reading the article, it occurred to me that I exhibit some of the behaviors of classic separation anxiety. In fact, my four legged friends Calli the German Shepherd and Phil the Cocker Spaniel down the hall from me also get upset when their owners are not within reach.

For the sake of Calli and Phil and all my furry friends alike, I thought I’d take time out of my nap schedule to help you and your dog regarding the issue of separation anxiety.

Well first, I recall mom and dad changing the location of where I sleep each night. A couple months ago I used to sleep beside the bed every night and sometimes on the bed. Now, I sleep outside the bedroom every other night with zero access to my humans bed.

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Apparently the more time I spend with my family the more my separation anxiety (or pack drive) is reinforced. Creating boundaries, as I understand it, teaches me to cope and have time alone. Mom sometimes pleads with dad to let me into the bedroom (I can hear it from the other-side of the door) but he doesn’t budge. A leader is a leader, rules are rules.

I don’t mind being outside my humans bedroom that much, especially since I get my favorite treats such as bully sticks, frozen packed Kongs and my favorite, this new dog puzzle I got from Nina Ottosson.

One way I know these recent changes have made a difference is during car trips with mom and dad. Usually when mom leaves the car I get panicky and anxious wondering why she is leaving, where she is going and when she’ll be back. Lately, I find I’m a little less concerned when mom leaves me. Be it in the car, or if dad and I walk with her in the morning then leave after seeing her walk up the big blue staircase towards that loud thing overhead on tracks.

I am middle aged Goldendoodle, I suppose it’s about time I learn to cope with being alone or not having my humans attention all the time. Something tells me I am going to have to get used to this. Mom says I’m going to be a big sister soon. Not sure but I think that swollen belly of hers means that there will be a new human in our pack soon.



Marc Elias, ABCDT is the CEO (Canine Executive Officer) of Pooch Pals, the New York-based pet training and care service. After six years of experience working for corporations, Marc sought a less traditional role aligned with his background in client services, operations and marketing, paired with his love of animals and helping people. Today, Marc Elias is the Canine Executive Officer of Pooch Pals LLC with a dog training certification from the Animal Behavior College. Marc and his Goldendoodle Riley are active pet therapy volunteers certified by the Good Dog Foundation. Pooch Pals is committed to positive reinforcement dog training. They believe in creating a positive culture in New York City’s pet community, and they welcome clients who are as passionate as they are about receiving personal service for their dogs including positive reinforcement training.

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