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Certified Dog Anxiety Trainer Launches Online Training Program to Treat Canine Anxiety


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Julie Naismith, Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), has launched SubThreshold, a global company that provides online, remote training for dogs with separation anxiety.

When Naismith’s dog, Percy, developed separation anxiety in 2008, she made it her purpose to find an effective and evidence based solution to treat him. After graduating as a Certified Dog Trainer from The Academy for Dog Trainers, Naismith found success in treating Percy’s anxiety, and decided to launch SubThreshold, with the goal of helping other pets and their owners find the same relief.

“There’s a lot of bad information available on the internet about how to treat canine separation anxiety, and many of the methods can even make it worse,” said Naismith, CEO and founder of SubThreshold. “We’ve witnessed a 75-80 percent success rate with clients, and that’s especially good news because we used to think separation anxiety was something that couldn’t be treated.”

In addition to utilizing the science-based and force-free training methods, SubThreshold also makes the most out of modern technology, because its consultations and training courses are hosted completely online.

“We’ve seen the best results when providing separation anxiety training consultations remotely,” said Naismith. “You can’t conduct this type of training while being in the same room as the dog. Technology has revolutionized our ability to treat separation anxiety, and it’s an added bonus that pet owners can participate in training without having to leave the home for training classes each week.”

SubThreshold’s separation anxiety training programs are tailored to each dog, and there is a solution available to meet every budget, level of severity and client type. Working with certified trainers and veterinarians, the program can alleviate common symptoms of separation anxiety, including inappropriate elimination, excessive barking, chewing and destroying, over-attachment, and more.

Throughout the program, live video assessments are used to visually determine growth. Pet owners receive 10 hours of one-on-one virtual trainer time along with a specialized training plan, and the program is designed to move forward only when the dog has successfully progressed through various incremental stages. Owners also have 24/7 access to a client portal for quick communication with a trainer as well as additional resources.

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