Separation Anxiety In Pets: Back-To-School Month
As children return to school, the sudden schedule change and decreased activity in the home can cause your dogs' moods to plummet, which breeds loneliness and anxiety. With the house quiet and lonely, your pet may feel like something is missing in their life. Pets that enjoy human interaction are especially predisposed to suffer separation anxiety.
This can lead to destructive behavior, such as chewing on furniture or other household items. If you have a pet that becomes depressed when left alone, there are a few things you can do to help them out.
Transitioning Into The New Normal with ease
By practicing your back-to-school routine several weeks before school begins, you can reduce your dog's anxiety:
- Instead of sleeping in, set the alarm for an earlier wake-up time.
- Make sure you walk your dog at the same time your kids leave for school.
- Make sure their meal routines (both mornings and evenings) are set at their new times.
- Leave them in their crate more often so that they get used to crating.
Schedule Excercise Times In The Mornings And Evenings
If you leave your dog at home for long periods of time during the day, he or she will not get enough exercise. This could lead to unwanted weight gain and destructive behavior in your absence.
Your dog needs plenty of exercise and activity to maintain good health and remain happy. When a dog doesn't receive enough physical or mental stimulation, he can become bored—and that boredom often leads him to behavior issues like chewing on furniture.
If you are unable to take your dog for a walk during the day, plan on taking half an hour out of your morning routine so that both of you can get some exercise. Once the kids come home from school in the afternoon, spend another 30 minutes playing and exercising with your canine companion.
Calm Goodbyes Before School
When you go out and come home, try not to greet your dog with a lot of affection, and this may make him or her more anxious about when you will leave again.
A calm and brief goodbye in the morning will help your dog transition to a new normal. When you get home in the evening, go about your daily routine before showering them with love and attention.
Regularly Take Your Dog To Doggie Daycare
Doggie daycare is one of the best ways to soothe separation anxiety in your pet. Doggie daycare provides your dog with exercise, mental stimulation, and a consistent routine—all of which can help you feel more at ease when leaving him behind.
In addition, doggie daycare facilities have trained professionals who care for animals and recognize destructive behaviors and can offer solutions.
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