Back-to-school can be a challenging adjustment period for everyone, including the family dog! After getting accustomed to having family members at home day after day during the summer, some dogs have a difficult time adjusting when they suddenly find themselves home alone. “Only dogs,” one dog in the family, can have an especially rough time.
Your dog may become depressed and/or anxious if she is having a hard time coping with the back-to-school schedule. She may display her frustration with behaviors such as not eating, pacing, barking, whining, howling, and chewing. She may even regress into having housebreaking issues.
Here are some suggestions to help your dog transition from summer to back-to-school:
- Vigorously exercise your dog as long as possible in the morning. A long walk or a good workout in the back yard helps take the edge off.
- Establish new routines. Dogs feel secure when there is a familiar routine.
- Your dog may find it comforting if a TV or radio is left on when home alone. Just hearing a human voice may be enough to help her not feel abandoned.
- Attending doggie daycare can help break up your dog’s long day. It is a terrific way for your dog to learn socialization and coping skills, not to mention just plain have fun with other dogs. Another plus is that she will burn off a lot of energy. A tired dog is a good dog.
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