One of the happiest days of the year for most parents is the first day of school after a long and often tiring summer break.  Happy dances and glasses of Chardonnay often rule the day.  Our kids are just mad because they have to get up early and someone who actually has the “poser of detention” has been reintroduced into their lives.  In any case, both parents and kids understand what is going on.

Now we turn to our dogs.  They have been playing with the kids all summer long.  They are always getting attention and the home is always filled with family, friends, and guests.  There are often other dogs they can play with that have been brought over by visiting neighbors.  It was a wonderful time and, all of a sudden, on one day; it all stopped.

Our kids went to school and we are all back at work.  The home is quiet, and they are often placed in their crates or confined in a room.  They never received a memo, a text, or even a tweet.  They are often confused about the radical, unexplained change in their entire world.

This confusion can often lead to fear and anxiety.  In their eyes, their social environment has been destroyed and their general belief that they are safe and protected has been shattered.  This can often lead to aggressive and destructive behaviors due to their anxiety.  This is a bad thing.

The good news is that it doesn’t need to be this way.  Although we can’t (and don’t) want to stop our kids from going back to school, we can prepare our dog for the event in a way that he will understand.  Robin and I have a great dog training article that will walk you through the complete process.  Please read our dog blog titled “How Should I Prepare My Dog for the Start of School”.

Some great tips for getting your dog ready for the school year