Sudden changes in daily routine can make your dog experience depression or separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset because of separation from the people they’re attached to.

Signs your dog might be suffering from separation anxiety include destructive or anxious behaviors like:

  • Howling
  • Chewing
  • Pacing
  • House soiling
  • Attempting to escape from the house or yard

Here are some ideas to help your dog overcome the “back-to-school blues.”

  • Schedule an appointment with your vet. Your dog’s anxiety might have an underlying medical cause or your vet might have some additional ideas to help relieve your dog’s stress.
  • Chewing a treat can provide your dog a distraction from his stress and hours of enjoyment and mental stimulation while you’re gone. Consider giving your dog Purina Busy with Beggin’ Twist’d or some other favorite treat.
  • Check out some doggie day cares in your area. A day or two of supervised play and exercise may be beneficial for your lonely dog.
  • Take your pooch for long morning walks to get him plenty of exercise and tire him out. Spend quality time with your dog when you are at home; include him in family activities to assure him he’s still an important part of the family.