As the dog days of summer draw to a close, your pet may find himself all alone. After a great summer playing with the family, more outdoor time, longer walks, and days of sleeping late, back to school time may require a major adjustment for your pet.
Kids going away to college, students and teachers returning to the classroom, even new clothes can make a pet nervous. Some pets develop a loss appetite, separation anxiety, night pacing, barking, digging, chewing, and even depression.
Try to make the changes less traumatic. Try fostering new bonds between your pet and a family member who will continue to be home. Assign new roommates for your pet before your college bound student leaves. If your house is going to be an empty nest, gradually begin leaving your pet alone an hour or two at a time.
Exercise can help form new bonds and ease the anxiety of change. Rain or shine, warm or cold weather, daily physical exercise is a must. Indoor games of fetch and refresher courses in obedience commands can help your pet adjust.
When you leave for the day, give your pet an old T-shirt or sweatshirt that has your family scent to help him feel less lonely.