Dogs Get Depressed When Kids Go Back To School

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A recent survey of 1,300 dogs showed that a great number of modern dogs suffer from depression and anxiety – nearly 80 percent of family dogs exhibit at least one sign of mental illness.

In addition, almost 20 percent of America’s 80 million dogs have separation anxiety, according to Dr. Nick Dodman of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.

Although the symptoms may vary, one thing’s certain – dogs feel sad and abandoned.  Not to mention the fact that matters only get worse when kids go back to school.

According to The Times Herald, Dodman explains:

‘’70 percent of dogs with separation anxiety will bark, howl or whine; 60 percent will destroy something, leaving behind scratched doors, damaged blinds or torn curtains; and a third are so upset they have accidents.’’

In order to prevent such unwanted behavior, dog owners might want to consider independence training.  Moreover, it is recommended to start the new routine some time before school starts and give the dog treats and toys when the child departs for school.

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