As summer comes to an end so does the full days of dogs getting companionship during the day. As kids get back to their school schedules dogs get much more alone time compared to what they had just gotten used to. With this comes separation anxiety and loneliness in certain furry friends. In this blog we will cover some back to school tips for dogs you can implement to give your dog a more relaxed transition and reduce separation anxiety.
The first thing you want to do is to make sure your pup has some fresh toys that they really enjoy. Compared to before they will have a lack of entertainment and will need an outlet to keep them distracted while you are gone. Without this your dog may be prone to destructive behavior like chewing.
Along with the lack of entertainment, certain dogs may be stressed out by the lack of sound throughout the day that they have grown to love over the summer. An easy way to deal with this is to play calming music while everyone's out to give the sensation of activity in the household. This will allow your dog to relax and give them a less anxiety driven day.
As dogs get less time during the day to do things they will tend to sleep more while the family is away. A good way to make sure you dog is happy while they nap is to get them a quality dog bed that will help them stay healthy. It is also a good idea to make sure they are in their most comfortable place in the house with items that remind them of you. It may sound weird but give them a blanket you've used in the past week or a toy you always play with. These comforting items will give them the support they need to get through the day.
Dogs much like humans suffer when they experience anxiety and this can lead to unpleasant times for your furry pets. Luckily there are certain treatments for these cases that are effective and easy!
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound found in the hemp plant which is THC free and safe for dogs, along with many other effects of medical marijuana without the psychedelics this compound has been known to reduce anxiety in dogs.
Anxiety blankets are another great way to calm your dogs by giving them the sensation they are being hugged or held by you. These weighted blankets access deep touch pressure in both humans and dogs which releases chemicals to the brain that reduce stress and anxiety. Make sure to find a blanket that is 1/10th the weight of your dog as a heavier one may increase stress.
As with anything regarding a change in your dog's diet or routine as well as further help regarding anxiety we recommend contacting your veterinarian. We hope these back to school tips for dogs can help you with the peace of mind knowing your dog is not freaking out.
BuddyRest was founded on the idea of supporting older dogs and based our first products on helping joint pains in dogs. We know dog sleep science and hope this blog helped you out.