As you and your family are in full-swing school/work mode, you’ve settled back into your routine – but has your dog had time to adjust?
Be sure you are paying attention to your pup this time of year to be sure it is back in the swing of things with you. After spending the summer hanging out at the dog park, pool or maybe at a doggy day care, your pet needs time to adjust too.
Are you noticing any unusual behavior from your dog, such as harmful chewing or going to the bathroom in the house (when they are already potty trained, of course)? This could be a sign of separation anxiety in your pup.
Here are some great tips on what to do to help calm your pet in its time of stress.
First and foremost, remember that dogs love routine. Just like you and me, your dog likes to know what to expect and, for the most part, what their day is going to be like. Try and keep to the same routine time-wise as much as you possibly can.
Make sure after a long day that you still schedule time for your pup to have exercise and fun. Sure, you and the family are exhausted after a long day at work or school, but your pupper has been laying around the house all day and is ready to burn off some of that energy. Even if it is just throwing a ball across the living room while you watch TV or playing tug of war while you make dinner, time spent together will make a positive impact on your dog’s life.
This next tip is something that is recommended, and I will admit I do it, but I am really not sure if it truly helps. However, I like to think it helps, so I always leave the radio or TV on for my dog. I believe the background noise must be better than total silence or hearing outside noises that may be scary to an animal.
What else can be scary for your pet? Halloween! With this holiday right around the corner, make sure you have a good game plan for keeping your pet safe and sound inside the house. Keep your pet away from the candy bowl and from the front door. With all the strangers and costumes, this time of year can be overwhelming for some pets. Always be sure to discuss any concerns with your veterinarian. He or she can suggest what might be best for your pet.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!