In families with school-aged children, summer is everyone’s favorite season — especially our pet dogs’! They get used to a home full of their favorite people and look forward to spending every day with them. But what happens when summer comes to an end and back-to-school season starts up again?
Waking up to quiet and nearly-empty homes can be jarring for our canine companions. This change in their daily routine may even be the cause of depression or separation anxiety, which is triggered when people they’re attached to are separated from them.
Does Your Dog Have Separation Anxiety?
Some signs that your dog might be having trouble with separation anxiety include behaviors such as chewing, howling, house-soiling, pacing, and attempting to escape. Does this sound your pup? No need to worry — your Peeps have got you covered! Here are some tips you can follow that can help take the stress off your dogs:
- Schedule a trip to the vet. This should be the first task on your list — determine whether your dog’s anxiety may be due to an underlying medical condition. Your vet may also have some other ideas that can help solve your dog’s distress.
- Take your dog for a long walk to give him or her plenty of exercise. If you have other responsibilities, such as a full-time job, parenting duties or other obligations, there’s still a way to make sure your pooch stays healthy and happy with daily exercise: hire a local dog walker! (Make sure to hit us up at Pet Peeps if you’re in DC!)
- Whenever you’re at home, make sure to spend a lot of quality time with them. Always include them in family activities so he or she feels reassured knowing that they’re an important member of your family.
We hope these tips can help turn your dogs’ back-to-school bummer into an awesome Autumn!