As the kids head back to school, consider that your dog may have to adjust to the changes in the family routine just like everyone else. During the summer, your children and the family dog can develop a strong bond. Now there's suddenly an empty and quiet house. This change in routine can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety or depression - to actually miss your kids - and even follow them to school.
Signs of Separation Anxiety through destructive behaviors:
- - Chewing furniture
- - Ripping the stuffing out of pillows
- - Shredding paper
- - Obsessive barking/whining for extended periods of time
- - House soiling
- - Start with leaving your dog at home for very short periods of time to get him used to being alone
- - Avoid emotional departures and greetings.
- - Have your belongings prepared so that your departure from home is calm.
- - Consider doggie daycare for prolonged absences.
- - Teach the kids 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 and be set for when you're away.
- - Leave some sturdy, interactive toys for your dog to help keep him from being bored.