Avoiding the back to School Puppy Blues
With everyone gearing up to head back to school. The lazy days of summer coming to an end. Routines and schedules are changing and this can mean loneliness and boredom for your dog.
Many dog owner find this time of the year is when they experience behavior problems with their dogs.
- Chewing things
- Soiling in the house
- excessive barking
- Emotional stress or depression
Never punish your dog for these behaviors, as it will make your dog more fearful and the behavior will increase.
Tips for Managing anxiety
- Start by leaving your dog alone for short periods of time.
- Create a schedule for exercising your dog in the morning before everyone leaves.
- Once it is time to leave don’t make a big deal over it. Your dog will pick up on your emotions and get emotional to.
- Leave some interactive toys for him to enjoy while you are away.
- When you return home don’t get your dog over stimulated.
- It is easy to forget your dog after a long day at work. Trying to help the kids with homework. Remember that your dog has been waiting for you all day and has unspent energy. Get out and take a walk and give them play time.
- Your Afternoon “Aww”: Puppy Preps For Back-To-School (okmagazine.com)