While the kids are getting prepared to go back to school it’s important not to forget about the family pet. The change between summer and school is a big difference for the pet that is used to you being home all day. Suddenly, they are alone and might feel lonely or sad. This can lead to destructive behavior simply because you didn’t prepare. Start preparing early and when school starts, your pet is ready.
Pets may experience the effects of the loss of playtime and bonding they developed with the children by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviors, such as:
Here are a few helpful hints for the kids to help them adjust:
Be sure to check with your veterinarian to have your dog fully evaluated and correctly diagnosed before trying to manage the symptoms. There may be an underlying medical condition that may be misconstrued as separation anxiety.