Studies have proven that dogs get the blues when they go suddenly from constant attention to facing long days without that interaction and without the children’s presence. If your dog is particularly sensitive, he might express his sadness in ways unfriendly to you or your home. Separation anxiety can cause dogs to act out, destroying your property in the process.So what can you do if you have a dog that doesn’t adjust well to this kind of change?
One way is to slowly introduce the new situation, weaning doggie from the constant presence and attention over several weeks before the first day of school. And once school starts, make sure your dog has a safe place to stay – a crate or an enclosed area in your home. Finally, you and your children should make saying goodbye a pleasant experience, giving your dog lots of attention and a little play time before bounding out the door for the day.Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise, and don’t make a big production of coming home. This will keep your dog from feeling like you really have been gone forever and not simply for a few hours.
If nothing else works, try to either come home at lunchtime, hire a dog walker for midday or invest in some doggie daycare.