5 Tips to Avoid the Back-to-School Doggie Blues

The summer has come to an end and the time has come for getting the kids back to school. You’ve probably spent a lot of time at home during these past couple of months, but that will not be an option once the kids are back in school. As a result of this, you may feel sad, frustrated, or even bored during the transition period and your beloved canine will feel the exact same way. During the summer, you take your dog on impromptu road trips and play outside, but after the summer, your dog will be left home alone for extended periods of time. During this time, your dog can also feel sad and bored and will also need to re-adjust to the changes ahead. Here is a list of 5 useful tips that may help your dog avoid the “back-to-school doggie blues”.

  1. Buy Your Dog an Interactive Toy:
    Hundreds of interactive toys can be found online and in pet stores nationwide. These toys have the potential to keep your dog mentally stimulated for extended periods of time. While giving the toy to your dog, think of including some peanut butter or yummy treats inside. Give the toy to your dog when you are about to walk out of the home in the morning. This can distract your dog and will keep it engaged.
  2. Take Your Dog for a Walk in the Morning:
    Get up early and take your dog for an early morning walk. This provides an opportunity to spend some quality time with your dog and it can make the dog feel tired and more relaxed during the daytime.
  3. Don’t Get Your Dog Excited:
    You shouldn’t make your dog feel excited when you leave home in the morning. If you do, your dog may feel anxious and associate this with being left alone. Instead, take the necessary measures to leave home without making your dog feel too excited.
  4. Leave the Television or Radio On:
    Before leaving home in the morning, try leaving the television or radio on. The quiet murmur of the television or radio can make your dog feel less alone when being left in an empty house. You can also find DVDs that are specifically designed to make dogs feel less alone.
  5. Take Your Dog to Doggy Daycare: 
    If you want to keep your dog fully engaged while you are away from the home, consider taking your dog to a doggy daycare. The opportunities for socializing with humans and other dogs are endless and the results of a happy dog are priceless.

Author: Michelle Anastasio-Festi