"Separation Anxiety Versus Containment Phobia"



Separation Anxiety


Containment Phobia

Why Is Your Dog Destructive When You’re Gone?


Garvin told the press,

“Many dog owners have been led to believe that their dog is suffering from “Separation Anxiety,” when often times nothing could be further from the truth.

When Dog Behavior Is Misunderstood, There Is No Cure!


This book is dedicated to helping dog owners discover:

  • At least 20 reasons why dogs may be destructive when left home alone
  • What to do about it
  • How to prevent it


You are also going to learn about another condition, “Containment Phobia,” which affects at least 10% to 15% of our dog population. That is a lot of dogs!!!

“Containment Phobia” is almost always
Misdiagnosed as “Separation Anxiety.”

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Client Testimonial

I still can’t believe it. 

“My dog is now 7 years old and finally, I learned the truth about her!”

After all the money we wasted and all the destruction we incurred!

I scheduled a private lesson with Karyn Garvin because I was told my dog had Separation Anxiety.

Ever since my dog was a puppy, she has destroyed window coverings at each home we moved to.  Since this only occurred when we were gone, all the experts I talked to and the literature I read called it Separation Anxiety.  There was very little that I could do about it since my wife and I had to go to work.  We loved our dog and just hung in there.  Recently, I needed her to stay at my mother‘s house and sure enough, she destroyed my mother’s window coverings as well.   That’s when I called Garvin’s Dog Training.

It only took Karyn a few minutes to tell me it wasn’t Separation Anxiety, but rather, a symptom of Containment Phobia.  My dog had a fear of being trapped.  The reason she only destroyed the window coverings was because her destruction was in relationship to trying to escape.

It only took me a moment to put two and two together and know that what she was saying was true. With the Separation Anxiety diagnosis, I had thought Roxy was destroying window coverings because she was at the window looking for me.  There was nothing I could do to change that.  Then I suddenly remembered how, at the last house she destroyed, we had put in a dog door for our senior dog that had bladder control issues, and sure enough, all of Roxy’s destructive behavior stopped immediately.


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