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Help Neglected Dogs

Help neglected dogs

800px-Sad_LucyWith end of summer approaching quickly, we’re ramping up for last minute vacations and the back to school grind. This is an exciting time for humans, but for dogs it’s more like BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES!

This time can bring on loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Watch for signs of depression – lack of energy, not wanting to play, loss of appetite and indifference when you arrive home. More often, dogs exhibit separation anxiety which manifests itself in erratic behavior. Excessive barking, destructive chewing, clawing at doors, eliminating in the house, and frantic behavior upon your arrival home.

Fortunately, we have several solutions to fit your needs.

dog-17644_640Dog daycare can meet a dog’s needs for attention, activity and supervision. Daycare provides a great antidote for bored, lonely or high-energy dogs with busy parents. Daycare works similar to daycare for children – owners drop off their dog in the morning. The dog gets to play, socialize, snack and nap while the owner is away. They pick the dog up at the end of the day. Instead of the dog greeting the owner with loads of pent-up energy, it should be pleasantly tired and ready to relax with the owner all evening.

If time permits, you can address back to school blues at home. Create a schedule with your family and stick to it. Exercise is critical during this time – walk or play with your dog before your day starts. This one-on-one time lets your dog know you care. And, getting out this extra energy can mean your dog is less destructive when left at home.

IS4078RF-00019653-001When it’s time to leave your home, don’t make a big deal out of it. Your dog is more in-tune to your emotions than you like to think. Give your dog a toy they love. My favorite – Kong stuffed balls! Take some canned pumpkin and dry food, stuff the Kong, and freeze it. It’s great to keep them busy. Leaving a radio or TV on for background noise can be helpful if your dog is used to having one on when you are home.

When you return home, don’t make a big deal out of it. Pretend like you never left and go about your business. Once your dog is calm, that’s the time to reward him/her with affection.

Don’t forget the important evening ritual – walk or play with your dog. Even though you are tired from a hectic day, remember your dog has been laying around just waiting for you to come home! He/she needs your attention now more than ever.

Following routines make back to school time easier for your dog to adjust.

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