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Premier separation anxiety trainer of the Washington, D.C. area, training dogs remotely for Humane Rescue Alliance in the nation’s capital as well as across the U.S. and Europe. Her writing can be found in publications including The Bark magazine, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of the Dog.
Tracy’s passion is helping fearful dogs discover confidence and joy — just as she did for her once “fraidy” pup, Emma the Beagle.
Having lived with a dog who suffers from separation anxiety, I understand how painful this phobia can be for pups and people alike. I've worried about how Emma's barking and howling would bother our condo neighbors. I've had to replace rugs and couches after Emma lost her bladder on them so many times that they were destroyed. I've had to pay for door frames to be repaired after Emma tried to chew her way out.
And most importantly, I've worried about how much my beautiful girl suffered when she was left home alone. I've suffered through my own guilt every time I left home.
Tracy carefully designs exercises that are tailored to meet the needs of both dog and person and provides daily follow-up to ensure she has the most up-to-date information possible. Perhaps most importantly, though, she understands the complicated feelings that go with training a dog with SA: sympathy, sadness, love, frustration, and so much more. Her thoughtful and caring feedback offers a lifeline for people struggling to deal with this challenging condition. She combines impressive expertise, boundless energy, compassionate responsiveness – and a winning sense of humor. I am delighted to recommend her.
We were unable to leave Juniper home alone at all, and her separation anxiety (or separation frustration, as Tracy termed it) started to become worse and worse, even when one person left the house. We needed specific, concrete guidance and tools to help us understand Juniper's behavior, her thresholds, and how to build her resilience to being alone. Tracy was beyond kind, compassionate, and we loved that her approach was tailored and customized to Juniper's needs. Over the course of our formal training, Tracy guided us every step of the way, first from helping Juniper learn to feel comfortable in her gated area to eventually having us leave the house successfully. We went from Juniper not being able to settle down at all in her gated area to being able to leave her in it and leave the house for nearly 50 minutes. Now, several months on from formal training, we've built up Juniper's duration alone to two hours and continue to practice with the tools Tracy gave us. We are so thankful that we can leave Juniper alone to run errands without coordinating schedules or sending her to daycare, all while knowing that she is happy and comfortable. As pet owners, it has been such a relief to feel equipped and confident to help our pup continue to thrive - and this is all due to Tracy. Although our formal training is complete, we still send her updates on Juniper's progress and she continues to cheerlead us from afar. Thank you so much, Tracy!
I had a shelter dog before Riley, but he did not have Separation Anxiety so this was a whole new matter to for me to address. Thankfully the shelter had Tracy’s information on their website. I contacted Tracy and we quickly got training for Riley set up through Zoom. The training was thoughtful, methodical, non threatening. It worked perfectly for Riley. All exercises we did went extremely well. When we got to point of my leaving the house for periods of time, some extended, I had a WYZE camera/audio set up in the kitchen and could look at the live video/sound from my iPhone. As a result of Tracy’s caring and remarkable training program, Riley is now happy to be home alone! Tracy was a delight to work with, she was so positive and encouraging throughout the training. She had so many suggestions and solutions. Tracy’s program worked beautifully for Riley and me! I cannot recommend her more highly.