Dogs can suffer from back-to-school blues

Man's best friend can suffer from back-to-school blues. (NBCNC)

(NBCNC) — It’s back-to-school time for many households across the country. While that’s usually an exciting time for kids and parents, your family dog may think otherwise. Yes, man’s best friend can suffer from back-to-school blues.

After a summer filled with hustle and bustle — and lots of playtime — your dog may feel neglected, sad and abandoned after everyone goes back to their regular fall schedules.

A veterinarian at Tufts University says many dogs are unable to cope with an empty house and may even look for ways to lash out due to loneliness. Dogs with separation anxiety will bark, howl or whine, while some may do damage around the house or refuse to eat when their owners are away. Some dogs may even experience depression and exhibit lack of energy, hiding and cowering.

So, it’s important to remember that your pooch has feelings, too, and wants to feel like a part of the family. Vets suggest keeping your dog on a regular routine of exercise and playtime so that they don’t notice your absence as much. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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