Now that we’re a few weeks into the new school year, have you noticed any different behavior from your family pooch? Does Fido sit by the window, waiting for the big yellow taxi to drop off some of his favorite people? Does Sally ‘leave her mark’ in the living room after spending the entire day home alone?
If so, your beloved 4-legged friend is telling you that they’re not dealing with the change in their environment very well. Separation Anxiety is commonly experienced by dogs who are not prepared to see their favorite friends go and don’t understand where they suddenly went. But don’t worry, there are a number of things you can do to ease the transition:
- Keep Hellos and Goodbyes low key—watch the high-pitched greetings which have a tendency to excite animals
- Have a variety of engaging toys easily accessible for the dog
- Leave a radio on in another room
- If you are worried about physical destruction, you can crate the dog. It’s important to make the crate a nice place; special treats and toys left there will be a signal to the dog that the crate is a positive place to be.
- When you return home, create a routine that includes the dog: feeding, watering, walking, brushing, etc. If you have children, encourage them to read to the dogs.
The fact of the matter is that the dog misses spending time with you. And time spent with your dog is time well spent.