September may be the new January but October is the time to get back to routines. While for most people, routines and having a schedule help keep us organized, for dogs suffering from separation anxiety; routines are not their friend.

Have you ever noticed that you can think you have an established routine with your dog, only to come home and find a chewed shoe or a destroyed house?

Most dogs love routine and structure, but not so with dogs that suffer from separation anxiety or have anxiety issues.
These dogs are hyper vigilant and aware of even the simplest changes. They notice when you grab your keys, sit down and read the paper, and even when you get emotional. Each is a signal as to what you are going to do next.

So what can you do? Switch it up.

If you always have a coffee and read the paper on the weekend, try grabbing your keys and head out instead. Also watch how you interact with your pet. Always leave and return home with little fan fare. Even on days when you have to work, maybe switch it up with a quick run or sit down and have coffee/tea. This helps break up their routine and keeps them guessing and fingers crossed your house and belongings will be intact and your pets at peace.

About the Author

Corry Hamilton is the owner of Taking The Lead (www.takingthelead.ca) — a pet care business that focuses on pet nutrition and well-being. Like many entrepreneurs, her journey towards creating a business of her own wasn’t a straight path, but she believes that no matter what life throws at you, you can always pick yourself up and move on. You never know where it may take you and make all your dreams come true. You can check out what Corry is up to on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TakingTheLead.CorryHamilton and Twitter: https://twitter.com/TakingTheLead07