School holidays are always full of chaos in my house. The kids rapidly re-charge their batteries and quickly start
causing mayhem. Although we try to get away for vacations, most of the time we stay at home. While sometimes I wish that the school holidays weren’t as long (especially with the onset of sibling bickering), when they do go back, the silence is almost deafening. Surprisingly, I found that it’s actually our dog Monty that finds the return to the school routine the most unsettling, and apparently I’m not alone. Many other pet owners report dog anxiety when there’s an abrupt separation from family members. In our house, it’s the children that spend most of their time lavishing attention on Monty and they provide a much loved sense of entertainment and amusement when they’re home.
What are the Symptoms of Dog Separation Anxiety?
Separation anxiety is clearly evident once the children have returned to school, as Monty’s behavior significantly deteriorates. He barks and howls unrelentingly. Other people experience different signs of pet anxiety, such as chewed furniture, house soiling, excessive backyard digging, trying to follow kids to school, and other problems.
According to a recent study at the Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts; 80 million dogs in the US have separation anxiety. One of the causes of this is the end of school holidays according to researcher Mr. Dodman. There are a range of techniques that can be used to reduce this anxiety and induce dog calming effects. This can make the return to school routine less stressful for everyone.
What Can be Done to Calm Down Your Dog’s Anxiety?
The key is to slowly introduce your dog to a routine that mimics the school schedule. For example, if the children normally leave at 8am for school, leave the house with the children and return shortly after. Maintain this routine and continue to slowly increase the time away from home. Your dog will learn to understand that you aren’t abandoning him/her and anxiety should start to subside. Another tip is to discourage your children from getting the dog too excited in the mornings before school as this can heighten anxiety after they leave.
While these pointers will certainly help to induce dog calming and reduce your dog’s fear of prolonged separation, it can be hard work. Some dogs will adjust quickly, while others may revert back to the same behavior at the end of every school holidays. This can be very frustrating.
DOG CALM is a Natural Solution
This is where Vets Pride USA DOG CALM tablets can very helpful. A natural supplement, DOG CALM is based on herbal ingredients that help to calm nerves. In fact, you’ve probably heard of most of the ingredients and perhaps even used them yourself!
Chamomile, passion flower, and ginger are the key herbal ingredients. Chamomile is a muscle relaxant, passion flower reduces hypersensitivity, and ginger stops nausea. The addition of the amino acid tryptophan and the mineral thiamine help to reduce mental confusion and simulate the synthesis of serotonin, commonly known as the “happy hormone”. This combination of natural ingredients significantly lessens dog anxiety and makes changes in routines, such as the return to school, far less stressful and disruptive.