By Karen A. Soukiasian
Back-to-school can be a hard adjustment period for everyone; including the family dog!
After months of unrestricted, fun-filled days with their family, some dogs have a difficult time adjusting when they suddenly find themselves home alone. This problem is frequently more common in one-dog families.
Changes in the family’s new routine can be stressful, even traumatic to some dogs. It is not uncommon for families to get a puppy during the summer. The animal is not accustomed to being left home alone all day, nor have they experienced the hectic back-to-school routine. They may exhibit abandonment issues, adjusting to no longer having their favorite playmates with them 24/7.
Depression and anxiety are two signs your puppy or dog is having a hard time coping with the new schedule. Many display their frustration with inappropriate behaviors such as not eating, pacing, barking, whining, howling, and chewing everything in sight! Some even regress to improper housebreaking issues.
Keep in mind when school starts, if your dog is left home alone, to them their day really doesn’t start until their family is back with them. Continue reading “10 back-to-school tips for your dog”