Most of us are rejoicing by the time school season comes back around. We no longer have to worry about occupying the kids or arranging daytime childcare. It should be a moment of peace but the family dog isn't handling it as well. Without his daily playmates to keep him busy, he could be experiencing some boredom or stress associated with your kid's absence. Separation anxiety commonly pops up around this time of year for a lot of dogs. Could your dog be suffering post summer?
Signs and Symptoms
- Change in Eating habits
- Behavioral Issues
- Restlessness or Impatience
- Having Accidents In The House
- Increased Barking
- Escaping Crate
You Can Make A Difference!
Your dog needs to feel comfortable and happy in the new routine. There are some things you and your family can do to help your dog enjoy the new routine and have something joyful to look forward to each day.
- Morning Walks Stress in dogs is easily solved by draining the mental energy they use to stress. A morning walk before the family leaves will help ensure your dog is ready to relax after you leave.
- Interactive Feeders can be given to your dog at breakfast to engage their minds and give them something to work on while you get ready to leave for the day.
- Afternoon Visit Giving your dog some interaction midday can give them a break from the stress of their separation anxiety. If you can't make it home yourself consider hiring a dog walker or pet sitter to drop in midday.
- Evening Engagement Whenever you do make it back home at night, make sure the family takes turns engaging with your dog. He has been waiting all day for you to get home and having some fun with you in the evenings can make waiting for your easier.
- Dog training is not only a great way to manage your dog's behavior but is also fun and engaging for your dog as well.
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