Returning to school or work after a vacation period can sometimes be brutal for your dog who must gently get his bearings and (re)learn solitude.
We tell you everything to help your doggie experience this moment better and prepare for your return to school together.
SIGNS OF THE BLUES IN DOGS
Our furballs are beings sensitive to change and who love their rituals. After long days in the company of their owners, suddenly finding themselves alone can create separation anxiety .
Although this is usually only temporary in our pets, by the time they get their bearings back on track, the most sensitive of them may develop some additional symptoms. For example, a slight loss of appetite , a lack of energy, crying , damage to furniture and peeing in the wrong places …
If your dog does something stupid or is less obedient, it is important not to punish him but rather to try to do what is necessary to help him manage this period gently.
WHAT CAN I DO TO CHEER UP MY DOG?
→ Ask him more often to play and cuddle,
→ When you return from work, offer him a long walk in a place where you are not used to going or even unknown to your dog,
→ Let him meet his peers,
→ Offer him activities like learning new tricks . This will strengthen your relationship and stimulate your dog intellectually.
However, it is important that at the same time your dog knows how to stay alone at home.
GETTING HIM USED TO SOLITUDE
Anticipate your return from vacation by starting to reinstate your daily routine with your little one.
If you took it everywhere with you during your vacation, no longer systematically take it with you. You can reduce the outing time to gradually return to your usual outing time.
At the same time, start leaving him alone at home for a few minutes again, gradually increasing the duration of your absences.
When you leave, give your dog an activity toy (a Kong type that you can stuff, for example). This will stimulate him mentally by diverting his attention to prevent him from stressing out in your absence.
Be careful, however, not to systematically associate this toy with your departure by giving it to him from time to time when you are with him at home.
So that he does not anticipate your departure, also be sure to eliminate any “goodbye” ritual. Simple gestures like picking up his keys or putting on his coat can provide clues for your dog and put him in all sorts of moods.
Repeat these actions daily without being followed by a departure to uncondition him. Also cover your tracks by not repeating the actions in the same order every day. Little by little, these gestures will become harmless to your dog who will no longer associate them with your departure.
If following these tips is not enough, visit a veterinarian or dog trainer. They will be able to precisely identify your little one’s disorders and a treatment adapted to their particular case.