They’ve played together all summer; roaming the neighborhood, getting into mischief, and eating you out of house and home. And now it’s time for their favorite playmate to go back to school or off to college, while your dog has to stay behind. Yes, it is possible for your dog to be less than enthusiastic when your son or daughter is no longer around to play with them all day long. So what’s the cure for a dog who’s missing their favorite human playmate?
Exercise. Lots of exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog. Plus, exercise releases endorphins in a dog’s system just like it does in ours.
And be sure to be aware of your own mood too. If you’re missing your child when they go back to school or off to college, your dog will pick up on that and it can affect his mood too. Again, walking or another exercise that you can include the dog in is a great way to keep you both active and happy.
Plan for the change in the daily routine by spending more time or having more interactions with your dog before your child goes back to school. While each is great at keeping the other occupied and freeing up your time, spending more time with the dog will make its separation from a child who goes back to school less severe.
Ultimately, like all separations in life, the best remedy is time. Eventually your dog will adjust to the change in schedule and be back to his or her old self.