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Milo’s mom was so upset (and rightfully so). Her precious Lab who is normally the most well-behaved dog in the world, destroyed her window frame, window treatments and curtains one afternoon while the family was at church. Milo’s mom confessed that Milo has been doing things like this lately but this was by far the worse incident and she is lost as to what to do. Being the ‘expert’ I am, I diagnosed Milo with separation anxiety. After all, he is a Labrador and they love to be around their pack!
A few months later, I followed up with the family and found out that Milo got progressively worse and they had to give him away. I was heart-broken! Soon after, an amazing book found it’s way into my hands and changed my thoughts about separation anxiety. I misdiagnosed Milo!! And so did all of the other experts! Please read this book and educate yourself if your dog is exhibiting separation anxiety – it may be something completely different!
Separation Anxiety vs Containment Phobia by Karyn Garvin is the book I am referring to and one in which I believe all pet owners should have. As the title suggests, there is another condition that effects 10-15% of the canine population known as Containment Phobia.