Kids across the country are back in school, or will be after the Labor Day holiday. Going back to school means changes to the family schedule. New routines also effect the family dog, summertime when the livin’ was easy is over.
The extra attention your family pet was enjoying over the summer has abruptly come to an end. Dogs may experience separation anxiety, boredom, and even start acting out in unusual ways. Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, offers some great tips to help ease the transition.
Now that everyone is gone during the day your dog may experience separation anxiety. In order to avoid this it’s good to start paying less attention to the dog about a week before school. This helps prepare him for the routine change.
Practice leaving the house by going out and coming right back in. This will stop the dog from associating your leaving the house with your departure. The dog will be more relaxed when you do leave.
Your dog can become bored during the day when there is no one around to play with. It’s important to make sure to keep plenty of toys around, and try scattering treats for them to search for.
If your dog starts exhibiting unusual behaviors, such as jumping or biting, it could be due to stress. It’s important to correct these behaviors immediately using positive training techniques. If it is something you can’t do on your own Bark Busters offers in-home training.