In an interview with the Associated Press, Dr. Nick Dodman, specialist and professor of animal behavior at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, recommended the following tips to help ease the transition between summer and the school year:
– Make departure time happy using toys and treats
– Create a place in the house where the dog feels safe
– Try starting the routine before school begins
– Do not indulge with baby talk or sympathy
– See a veterinarian if the dog’s disposition doesn’t improve
With a little advanced planning and a few tweaks to you and your dog’s morning routine, you can keep your dog relaxed and content while his favorite playmate is gone for the day. Before you know it, your dog’s “back-to-school blues” will be a thing of the past.