Does your dog freak out when you leave the house?

Teach your dog to remain calm and relaxed when you leave the house through science-backed counter-conditioning and desensitization techniques.
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Does this sound like you?

Do you feel guilty about leaving your own home?

Many owners of dogs with separation anxiety experience immense guilt just for going out to dinner or leaving to visit some friends. You shouldn’t have to be resigned in a life indoors to keep your dog happy. We can show you a better way!

Are you sick of coming home to a destroyed house?

It’s not unusual for dogs with separation anxiety to destroy pillows, cushions, crates, furniture, and more. But crates aren’t always the answer, as some dogs will injure themselves. We’ll show you the safe, stress-free ways to keep your dog safe while you’re not home.

Do you get stressed seeing your dog in a state of panic?

Separation anxiety isn’t just stressful for dogs — it can be really hard on the owners too! Seeing your beloved dog in such severe distress can be heart-breaking. We can show you exercises that will help your dog feel calmer, more relaxed, and more confident about being left alone.

Your instructor for this course:

IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

Erin Jones

Erin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed through the CCPDT and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC. Erin has previously worked at Companion Veterinary Clinic in Alberta, Canada as a dog behaviour consultant and trainer, as well as her own practice in Nova Scotia, Canada. After completing her MSc in Anthrozoology, Erin moved to New Zealand early in 2019 to complete her PhD at the University of Canterbury – New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. Her research focuses on the ethics of the human-dog relationship and humane training practices.

Tools for Fixing Separation Anxiety

Essential strategies you'll learn in this course

  • Identify Signs of Stress

    Learn how to catch signs of stress in your dog and help her calm down before those big feelings escalate into full-on panic.

  • Find Medications That Can Help

    Some medications can be game-changers for separation anxiety, but others can be snake oil. We’ll help you separate fact from fiction!

  • Learn Relaxation Exercises

    Learn the cues, behaviors, and exercises that can help your pup relax and feel calmer — and no, we don’t just mean go for longer wa

  • Enrichment Ideas

    Discover games, toys, and puzzles that can be used to help your dog have fun and stay distracted when you’re out of the house.

  • Create Stress-Free Spaces

    Learn how to create safe, stress-free spaces in your home that will help your dog relax rather than freak out.

  • Teach How to Be Alone

    We’ll show you how to gradually get your pup used to being alone in small, incremental steps that will build her confidence rather than increase panic!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Week One: Terminology, Stress Behaviors, & Management

    • Welcome to Week One!

    • What is Separation Anxiety?

    • Body Language and Stress Behaviors

    • Terminology

    • Management Skills for SA

    • Pharmaceuticals & Supplements

    • Lecture Video: Separation Anxiety Overview & Game Plan

    • Journal Template

    • Dog Body Language Chart

    • Homework

    • Week One Quiz: Terminology

  • 2

    Week Two: Clicker Training & Relaxation Foundation Skills

    • Welcome to Week Two!

    • Everything You Need to Know About Clicker Training

    • How to Teach Behaviors With a Clicker

    • Teaching the "Place" Cue

    • Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol

    • Body Language Quiz

  • 3

    Week Three: Departure Cues & The Three Ds

    • Welcome to Week Three!

    • The Three D’s: Distance, Distraction, and Duration

    • Enrichment for Departures

    • Technology

    • Creating Space

    • Video Lecture: Creating Spaces

    • Week Three Homework

  • 4

    Week Four: Barriers & Space

    • Welcome to Week Four!

    • Behavior Modification

    • Departure Cues

    • Barriers/Space and the Three D's

    • Week Four Homework

  • 5

    Week Five: Doors & Departures

    • Welcome to Week Five!

    • The Door

    • Departures

    • Week Five Homework

  • 6

    Left Alone: Solutions for Separation Anxiety Week Six!

    • Week Six: Building On Your Foundation

    • Building Duration and Out-of-House Absences

    • Week Six Homework


  • How long do I have to access the course once I purchase it?

    The course is yours forever! You’ll get full access to the entire course and all text and video assets once you make the one-time purchase. After that, go through the course at your own pace. There is no ongoing monthly fee or membership required.

  • Where do I access the course?

    Our course uses Thinkific’s online education course platform, so once you set up an account and purchase the course, just continue to visit Journey Dog’s Left Alone! course page to continue your lessons.

  • Who is the instructor for this course and what are their qualifications?

    Your instructor for this course is Erin Jones, who is a certified dog behavior consultant accredited through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She has worked with thousands of anxious, fearful, and aggressive dogs over the years for veterinary clinics and through her own training practice.

  • Who should I contact if I have order issues or questions?

    For any issues with your order or questions about the course, you can contact info(at)journeydogtraining(dot)com and a customer service member will get back to you ASAP.

  • What if I don’t like the course? Do you offer refunds?

    Yes – you have 30 days to try out the course and see if it’s a good fit for you. Reach out to our customer service team within 30 days from your initial purchase date and get a full refund, no questions asked, if for whatever reason you’re not happy with the course.