Treating Separation Anxiety when Traditional Methods Don't Work

Treating Separation Anxiety when Traditional Methods Don't WorkLiving with dogs that experience separation anxiety can be challenging. People are often forced to rearrange their lives, or in worst-case situations, leave their dogs at local shelters. What can you do when food or desensitization to departures doesn’t work? In this presentation, a new analysis of separation anxiety behaviors, their causes, and their function will be discussed. Using the information from this analysis, a new procedure to treat and prevent these behaviors will be presented. We will explore these concepts through case studies. The seminar is suitable for veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, and anyone with an interest in the neuroscience of training and behavior.
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Meet the instructor

Sean Will

Sean Will studied under Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and earned a master's degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. While studying at UNT, he spearheaded the development of Constructional Affection and developed constructional shelter programs to increase efficiency in animal shelters. Sean has over 15 years of experience as a professional trainer and has provided consulting for individuals and organizations that oversee the care of animals. Currently, Sean is in Florida Tech's doctoral program researching problem-solving and animal training.
In 2020, Sean co-founded the Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training (CAAWT). CAAWT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of animals and the people who care for them by providing educational content on animal behavior, care, and ways to solve behavioral problems. CAAWT hosts an annual internal conference and quarterly webinars to disseminate information on the Constructional Approach and its many applications to animal welfare and training. Sean also co-hosts a monthly podcast by the same name that features fun guests and amazing stories of how the Constructional Approach has improved the lives of the animals they care for and the people around them!
Patrick Jones - Course author