With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the added pressure of getting our kids ready to go back to school it's easy to forget about your four legged family member. Going from having the children around all day, every day for the past couople of months to being alone all day can be a depressing and anxiety filled time for your family dog.

Dogs find back-to-school schedules challenging, but with some preparation they …

"For many dogs in the next couple of weeks, the big yellow bus will have taken their buddies away.

Back-to-school time isn't just a daunting time for kids and their parents but the four-legged members of the family, too. Think about it — there is nothing better in a dog's eyes than having his people around for vast amounts of time during the best part of the year, especially the youngest members of the family.

Kids and dogs just go together.

But when children go back to schoolthey have a lot to look forward to: activity-filled days with friends, sights, sounds, fun. Extracurricular activities fill up some of the time after the school day ends, too. Mom and Dad stay busy day in, day out.

What are dogs left with when all of this is going on? Not a whole lot, most often.

Consequently, the lack of stimulation, activity and attention can make for some very difficult days for these pooches and, in many cases, they act out in not-so-good ways. Separation anxiety is not uncommon and is more common in some breeds, typified by destructive behavior and barking.

Also, most dogs are raring to go run and play like crazy when everyone does finally does arrive home — and that can be difficult when the family is tired after a long day.

So how can humans help pets beat the back-to-school blues"……..

http://www.annarbor.com/pets/pets-dogs-separation-anxiety-back-to-school-children-behavior-destructive/

This article is a great reminder of the family member who gets lost in the shuffle and a few suggestions that could make a big difference in your dog's piece of mind.

 
 

Posted in: Commentary.
Last Modified: August 9, 2015

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