While some parents may be excited to send their kids back to school canine companions may not be so willing to lose the company. When summer's spent frolicking together are suddenly over and the kids start riding the bus again some dogs begin to suffer from a common ailment among pets in America.
In a September 3rd report by Sue Manning of The Associated Press, Dr. Nick Dodman of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts states that nearly 20 per cent of the United States’ 80 million dogs suffer from separation anxiety.
It is something familiar to the many pet parents with full time jobs. However after months of companionship with the kids on summer break dogs get into a routine that is hard to break. This stress and anxiety can lead to destruction and bad behavior.
According to an article PetMD “behaviors that may be seen include vocalization, destroying objects, digging, or even depression.”
That’s right- depression. A study by the University of California reports that dogs may in fact feel basic jealousy stating “when they see a loved one show affection toward another what appears to be a real being, they engage in real behaviors to try and draw the affection back to them.” It has also been reported that dogs feel other basic emotions such as love and fear. Why not depression?
After weeks of playtime with the kids the pooch may become confused when the fun halts so suddenly. If your dog has a case of the back to school blues there are actions that pet parents can take to ease the transition. Try these 7 tips to ease separation anxiety during the busy back to school season.