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Rover and the ‘Back to School Blues’

Summer is ending soon and it will be a very busy period in people’s lives. Parents will be busy preparing children’s snacks and kids will spend more time in school. Dogs are going to face their “back to school blues” alone. There will be less playtime, dog exercise and bonding time for pooches. It will be difficult for them, especially when they are so attached to their owners. Dogs are loyal pets that need much attention like children who seek affection from their parents. Abrupt changes in daily routines may result to great amount of stress for dogs.

dog-boy-readingSuch doggie dilemma may lead to different behavior problems. Dogs will not only be the ones that will be affected by these changes but also pet owners. Dog behavior problems such as soiling in the house, chewing, clawing furniture and excessive barking with other dogs are not only annoying to owners, but also dangerous to dogs that may suffer from serious health problems. Along with depression, a variety of health-related issues may be associated with those Back to School Blues. Dogs may lose appetite or overeat and depression may also weaken the dog’s immune system that may increase risks of heart disease, arthritis or even cancers.

Like people, dogs can cope to adjustments and life changes, but it must be taken slowly over a period of time. It is best to apply changes little by little in the dog’s daily activities. Slowly lessen the dog’s playtime or walking time without leaving it feeling left behind. When it comes to food, be careful in making changes with the dog’s diet. It is important to consult the Veterinarian before changing the dog’s feeding time. The end of summer signals the start of this pet dilemma, so to avoid such dog depression; here are some ways to help them cope easily with their “back to school blues”:

1. Provide a dog toy

Dog toys, such as Kong, will keep them occupied for hours and forget about being left alone. But leaving dog toys is not as simple as giving whatever may fit into the dog’s mouth. Be cautious in leaving dog toys to your pooch. Dog toys come in different chew types, formulations and sizes depending on the age, chewing style, breed and weight of the pet. For dogs in between sizes, larger size chew items are appropriate. If you have a strong chewer, it’s better to get a larger chew item to give challenge to your pal. Consider the largest and strongest chewer if you have more than one dog in your house.

2. Apply Aromatherapy

Like humans, dogs feel relaxed with the scent of flowers. Toxins are also big problems for pets. Aromatherapy is very helpful to keep them relaxed and suit their selves. This is a natural way to ease stress and solve behavioral problems. Certain essential oils can make them feel relaxed, focused and free of anxiety. Lavender essential oil is a powerful calming and soothing substance for rattled and stressed dogs.

3. Music

You know that your dog’s hearing is very sensitive, but did you know that you can create an environment of sound to improve the health and wellbeing of your canine companion? Companies, such as Through a Dog’s Ear, uses the latest science on how dogs hear and react to sound, providing a treasury of fresh insight on the inner auditory life of our best friends. Calming music uses sounds and music as a tool to help alleviate separation anxiety, excitement with visitors, thunderstorm panic, and other behavior challenges.

4. Let them feel school too

Let dogs feel they are also going to be busy like you in the end of summer. Enroll them in doggie daycare or other related activities. This will help your dog to meet new pooches and learn new skills. There are also boot camps that provide exercise for dogs and people. You can workout with your pal while aiming for your fitness goals. You can put this schedule during weekends or after kids have gone to school.

Dogs never forget their loyalty to you, so be loyal to them. There’s always a way to sort things out and balance your time between work and family. Dogs are members of our families, so take time for them too! Though summer is coming to its end, your time for your best friend shouldn’t end with the season. Make sure they are always active, happy and healthy.

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