Fort Lauderdale, Florida -August 1, 2013 - As families prepare for the new school year, Home Dog Training of South Florida offers tips to help them avoid behavior problems with their dogs that can occur at times of change. By providing training and the right combination of food, shelter and entertainment, families can help their dogs adapt to the new household schedule.
"Back-to-school time can create stress on the entire family, including the dog," said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist and master trainer, Home Dog Training of South Florida. "Dogs are creatures of habit, and so any abrupt change in routine can seriously affect them. However, with a little understanding and preparation ahead of time, families can avoid many of the back-to-school behavior problems their dogs might exhibit."
While dogs naturally sleep a lot during the day, when they wake up, they want something to do. "Seek out toys and activities that can keep your dog entertained, even when you're not at home," Edwards said.
With everyone away from the house all day, dogs left alone can become stressed. This stress can result in destructive behaviors and endless barking. Follow these tips to help reduce the potential anxiety of separation.
Dogs need to have their own "home," a place where they always feel secure and comfortable. If your dog doesn't already have a place of his own, create one for him.
When dogs are continually stressed, they can begin to exhibit abnormal behaviors, such as jumping up or even biting. A child coming home from school may be greeted by the dog in an unnecessarily rough manner, even knocking her to the floor. After being left alone all day, the dog has pent-up energy-and when he sees the kids, his excitement might cause him to overreact.
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