This time of year is always exciting for families. Kids head back to school, and parents are either cheering or crying. But other members of the family – our pets – are noticing the changes, too. Watch for signs of separation anxiety. For example, your pet may chew more than normal or go to the bathroom where he shouldn’t.
PetFinder.com offers this advice to help your furry pal deal with the back-to-school blues.
- Start early. Begin working with your pet as early as possible. Leave and come back without a lot of fanfare. Start with short separations and work you way into longer time periods.
- Promote independence. Don’t over-bond so that your pet relies on you every minute. Encourage her to sit or stay, leave the room and then quietly praise her when you come back.
- Invest in entertainment. Get toys or treats that will distract your pet, like a pet-sitter video or kong ball.
- Exercise with your animal before you leave. Go for a walk or have your kids spending time playing with your pet before you head out the door.
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll