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Back to school blues

In September, as the children go back to school, you may find that your dog may have to make some adjustments to the changes in routine just like you do. During the summer holidays, your children and the family dog can develop stronger bonds due to spending so much fun time together. Then, all of a sudden one September morning, there’s an empty and quiet house. This change can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety, they may actually miss your kids and the hustle & bustle of them being around.

Signs of Separation Anxiety

Your dog may show signs of separation when the extra playtime with your children ends, by;

Chewing furniture

Ripping the stuffing out of pillows

Shredding paper

Obsessive barking/whining for extended periods of time

House soiling

 

Separation anxiety is a worrying condition but it can be managed with structure and patience. NEVER punish your dog for exhibiting this behavior, as it will make him more fearful and upset and wont solve the problem

Managing Anxiety.

Tips to manage anxiety:

Start with leaving your dog at home for very short periods of time to get him used to being alone

Avoid emotional, excitable departures and greetings

Have your belongings prepared so that your departure from home is calm 9 a challenge on the school run, we know!)

Consider doggie daycare for prolonged absences

Teach your children to avoid over stimulating the dog with departures and arrivals

Exercising your dog before leaving the house in the morning is a good idea so he’ll be relaxed when you return.

Leave some indestructible, interactive toys for your dog to help keep him from being bored.

We work with some great canine behaviorists who can help you if your dog is suffering- please don’t hesitate to shout for help!

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