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Dealing with Your Pet's Separation Anxiety

It’s important to get your pet acclimated to the change by replacing their old schedule with a new one.
September 2017
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With good weather and flexible work schedules, summer time is the best season for spending some extra time with your pet. However, once fall comes, the kids aren’t the only ones in the family that experience the back-to-school blues. Separation anxiety can happen for many reasons among pets, but with the changing routine and lack of attention due to busy schedules, back-to-school is a common time when pet owners may start noticing changes in their dog or cat’s behavior.

Here are three tips to help relieve separation anxiety in pets.

1. Get your pet into a routine: It’s important to get your pet acclimated to the change by replacing their old schedule with a new one. This new schedule should include allocating time to play after work and keeping a consistent schedule when coming and going from the house.

2. Burn off some energy: Some pets deal with separation anxiety by engaging in negative or destructive behaviors. A great way to keep your dog from doing this is to take them on a walk in the morning before you leave the house to help burn off some of that extra energy. For cats, consider playing with them at night as well.

3. Turn up the tunes and start with baby steps: Try leaving some soothing music on at your home while everyone is out of the house. The music will help drown out distracting noises that your dog may mistakenly associate with their family coming home.

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