Summer is almost over and the kids are back to school. Their leaving can be bittersweet for the family dog. He's weathered hair pulls, table-scrap-overload, half-body burials at the beach, and high decibel shrieks -and so have you for that matter. Still, he's going to miss his human buddies. Even if you don't have kids, times of transition can lead to confusion and stress, sometimes even the blues.
Separation anxiety has various degrees of severity. Severe cases may require desensitization training to the rituals of leaving the house. Veterinarian prescribed medication may be necessary, or natural remedies such as Bach Rescue Remedy or Dr. Harvey's Relax can help, as long as they're accompanied by behavior modification and plenty rewards. Every dog and every solution is different. For some, distractions like toys may be just what she needs to take her mind off the annual back-to-school ritual.