Meet Milo the Cocker Spaniel

Milo's owners contacted us for help with their new rescue dog Milo. Milo had come to them with signs of a separation-related problem. Milo would cry and bark when his owners left the house.


During her assessment, it was found that Milo didn't like being alone. He would get anxious at not having company but also frustrated at being confined to the house. Being a new rescue Milo had already formed a lovely relationship with his owners and their presence was very important to Milo.

Treatment plan

We introduced some self-control tasks for Milo to help manage his frustration tolerance. We also worked on some mat work to give Milo structure and confidence. This meant we could phase out owners being present and Milo being able to keep calm! This is a long process as it takes a lot of time and patience to build up his resilience to being separated.


Milo has been amazing during his treatment plan. His owners were so committed and took it steady and at Milo's pace. Milo has recently been able to be left 6 hours while owners were at work. This is an amazing achievement for him and his owners and will look forward to continuing his journey.

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