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A More Effective and Safer Treatment of Separation Anxiety

TL;DR: In this paper , the authors reported the application of associative theory to animal behavioral treatment that considers the role of three senses for a treatment plan; vision, audition, and olfaction and accumulated 129 successful cases in ten years.
Abstract: Separation anxiety is one of the most common canine-related disorders in dogs (Canis Familiaris) and charactered by the presentation of unacceptable levels of anxiety related behaviors in the absence of the human companion. While pharmaceutical treatment with antidepressant drugs shows some evidence for effectiveness, the impact is limited, and negative side effects are reported. In contrast, behavioral modification is proposed as an effective and safe method to address separation anxiety, but clinical research is lacking. This work reports the application of associative theory to animal behavioral treatment that considers the role of three senses for a treatment plan; vision, audition, and olfaction and has accumulated 129 successful cases in ten years. Summary data demonstrates the practical advantages including safety for the dogs and perceived effectiveness for the owners.

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Dogs and separation aniexty

The paper discusses separation anxiety in dogs and proposes behavioral modification as an effective and safe treatment method. It also mentions the limited effectiveness and negative side effects of pharmaceutical treatment with antidepressant drugs.