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Episode 71 - Separation anxiety and Border Collie Profile


Released Fri August 8, 2008
Length: 0:55:32
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Separation Anxiety

Dogs are very social animals, and bond strongly with their pack whether canine or human. Some dogs can find it difficult to be left alone, and sometimes separation anxiety can develop into a serious problem.

We were contacted by a listener with a dog called Scruffy who hated being left alone so much that she barked. Scruffy's owner found the complaints and unsympathetic attitude of her neighbours difficult to cope with, and it was clear the situation wasn't ideal for anyone involved.

We turned to expert trainer and author Cindy Scott for advice. In this interview Cindy has some great and practical suggestions on how you can cope with separation issues.

Cindy is the author of Zen Chien, and you can find out more about her at her websites, Dogs Etc., and Enlightened Dog Training.

Happily for Scruffy she now spends time at a friend's house when her owner is at work. Scruffy was a rescue dog and in these photos you can see how far she has travelled in her new home. When she first arrived she was uncertain and worried, but after some time with her new loving owner, you can see she has relaxed and is loving life.

Border Collies

The Border Collie is a very popular, but often misunderstood breed.

Barbara Sykes is a Collie expert who has lived and worked with the breed all her life. She has written several books and publishes a magazine, Freedom of Spirit, on the breed, as well as competing at the highest level, and developing her own training philosophy, T.L.C - Thinking Like Canines.

Barbara knows Border Collies well and in this interview she talks about how to meet the needs of the breed. What is the ideal home for a Collie? How do you motivate a Border Collie, and do you really have to give them to chance to do constant agility or flyball? Barbara has the answers, and to find out more about her and her dogs visit her website, Border Collies.


In the DogCast Radio News Kate and Nick bring you some advice for keeping your dog healthy and comfortable in summer.


We have a fiction feature called Teamwork, which focuses on a dog and his person's struggle to find an activity that suits them.

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