Five Tips to Fight Back to School Doggie Blues

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It’s that time of year again –  the kids are back in school and the house is quiet all day. Although this may sound delightful to some, it  may be just the  situation that throws your dog into a frenzy.

Dogs who are used to having the kids around during the day in the summer or have become accustomed to more outings may have a hard time adjusting. Since naturally dogs are almost never away from their pack, it is our job to help make this unnatural situation less stressful, especially if they are an only pet.

Tips to manage anxiety:

1. Walk your dog in the morning before you leave the house, so your dog will be in a resting mode while you are away.

2. Avoid emotional departures so that your dog believes that your time apart is not a big deal.

3. Keep a radio or television going when you are away from the house. Many pets enjoy hearing the sounds of people when they are home alone.

4. Leave some sturdy, interactive toys like a Kong for your dog to help keep him busy.

5. Consider doggie daycare or a dog walker to prevent separation anxiety.

Not all dogs suffer from separation anxiety, but for those who do, it needs to be addressed quickly. Remember that your pets are sensitive to change and can develop anxiety easily. The smoother you make the transition the happier you both will be.

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