Tracy Krulik dog trainer
Separation Anxiety
and Beyond

Welp. All things must come to an end.

Many of you know that I’ve spent the last few years fighting cancer and dealing with my father’s cancer. I have finally completed all of my treatments and am ready to get back to a healthier life. While I truly love training dogs with separation anxiety, it’s time for me to focus on my own health and happiness, spend more time with Emma the Beagle and my hubz Tom, and get back into triathlon shape!

I have loved the friendships I’ve made through the years with so many of my clients – we’re a family of separation-anxiety-dog-parent survivors! And I’m grateful to have been invited into so many homes (remotely, of course) to help their fearful and frustrated doggos find their Zen.

BUT – I want you to know that I’ve still got help for you.

The three trainers who have worked with me for the last few years will be continuing their work helping dogs and their people. These women are the best of the best when dealing with separation-related problems, so I really encourage you to reach out to them.

Visit our testimonial page to see how beloved Alexandra, Joanna, and Jennifer are.

If I were still having struggles with Emma the Beagle, these are the three trainers I would unquestionably turn to. I hope you do too:

🐕 Alexandra Dilley, M.A. Animal Behavior, CPDT-KA
🌐 Home Alone Canine

🐶 Joanna Meleiro, CTC, CPDT-KA, SA Pro Trainer
🌐 Dog Is Right

🐩 Jennifer Phillips, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, SA Pro Trainer
🌐 Separation Anxiety Specialists

Take care, and give your pups a smooch for me!

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We credit Alexandra with helping us and Rolo enjoy a better quality of life.
My husband and I are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Alexandra and would give her our highest recommendation.

When we first started working with Alexandra, our pup, Rolo, was alert and whining at our door after about two minutes of being alone. We worked with Alexandra for 8 weeks and then a few additional weeks on our own, and now Rolo snoozes comfortably for 2 hours. Alexandra is knowledgeable in her field, has a calm and professional demeanor, and most of all we appreciated the collaborative nature of our relationship with her. She was always willing to offer suggestions and listen to our feedback, and she would adjust her plan accordingly, for example, scaling back the training when Rolo wasn't feeling well. Alexandra was communicative, easy to work with, and we feel it was money well spent as Rolo has made incredible progress with his separation anxiety. She has even been so kind as to follow up with us after we completed our sessions with her, and she gave us the tools for us to continue behavior training on our own. We credit Alexandra with helping us and Rolo to enjoy a better quality of life, and that is all we wanted for Rolo, the ability to feel comfortable and safe while home alone. Thank you, Alexandra!

Elizabeth, Keith, and Rolo

Washington, D.C.

We are so grateful that we found Jennifer and SA training.
Our rescue puppy Lola would flip out whenever we left the house, bending her crate to escape, scratching the floor by the door, and making a giant mess.

Without Jennifer's help, I am convinced that we would have ended up re-homing her. We felt in over our heads, exhausted, and hopeless. Jennifer helped us turn everything around. She expertly guided us through SA training, including some bumps in the road, and helped us to better understand our sweet girl, suggesting mental games to help tame her endless zoomies and cat fixation. We started training with a baseline of less than 15 seconds (with Lola doing a backflip when we left!). With Jennifer's help, we made it to an hour and 15 minutes (with Lola falling asleep two minutes after we left). As we move to training on our own, we feel confident that we can do it with all of the tips and guidance that Jennifer has provided. Now, we can enjoy our sweet girl and also leave her behind sometimes. (And, Jennifer is a really cool person, who we enjoyed getting to know.)

Terry and Lola

Arlington, Va.

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Joanna was there every step of the way.
Rusty was an anxious rescue pup who quickly became overwhelmed in many settings, including being left alone.

Last summer, I couldn't leave him alone for more than 2-3 minutes; now in January he snoozes on his own for 4+ hours (but is always eager to jump up and greet me with the nearest shoe in his mouth as soon as I come home). Learning to manage Rusty's anxiety was often overwhelming for me, and I could not have gotten through it without Joanna's patience, responsiveness, and empathy. Joanna taught me SO much about how to read Rusty's cues and body language, and develop trust with him. I honestly feel that I understand his emotional and psychological state of being on a far deeper level than I anticipated when I first adopted him. We went through many challenges (including an ill-timed move) and Joanna was there every step of the way checking in, celebrating small wins, and giving me the encouragement I needed to stay patient. Now that he can stay home alone, Rusty and I have some other challenges to tackle - but I feel far better equipped and confident to handle those moving forward

Kimby and Rusty

Washington, DC & New York, NY

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