One of the best things about summer is how your whole family – including your dog – gets to spend lots of time together. But as back-to-school time approaches, the kids will be around the home less and schedules return to normal. This can lead to separation anxiety and loneliness in your dog, but here are some ways that you can ease those issues.
Avoid Drawn-Out Goodbyes
It’s important to avoid long, drawn-out goodbyes when you leave your dog for the day. Long goodbyes may upset your dog and signal to him that something is different. Instead, keep goodbyes short and light. You may also want to leave your dog with a favorite toy to help entertain him during the day.
Provide Your Dog with Attention and Exercise
Be sure that you give your dog plenty of attention and exercise while you’re home. Giving your dog some playtime or a walk both before and after you get home from work can help to keep him content. If your dog is tired from his early morning exercise, he’s likely to sleep for at least part of the day, making your absence easier on him.
Bring in a Pet Sitter
If your being away causes separation anxiety and loneliness in your dog, it may be a good idea to bring in a pet sitter. Many pet sitters offer to stop by your house in the middle of the day to take your dog for a walk, play with him, and feed him if necessary. A visit from a pet sitter can give your dog some added activity to help break up his day.
Bring Your Dog to Doggie Daycare
Alternatively, consider bringing your dog to doggie daycare. When your dog is in doggy daycare at Bed & Biscuit Austin, he will have the company of both staff and other dogs. The dogs in our care get plenty of playtime and attention, and you will know that your dog is in great hands while you’re at work.
Consult Your Veterinarian
If your dog suffers from extreme separation anxiety, it may be necessary to consult your veterinarian for help. Some dogs respond positively to medication for separation anxiety, and your dog may be better able to cope with back-to-school time as a result.
If you’d like to enroll your dog in doggy daycare, please give us a call. We would be delighted to have your dog come in for daycare.