Q. I recently moved. My dog was close to my husband. He seems fine but sometimes he seems sad. I work part-time. My husband used to be home. Any tips?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Separation Anxiety and sadness when away from a close family member is very common in dogs. They may become depressed or destructive when left alone. However, providing some things to help your dog feel better can help during the times when you are away from home.
A treat or puzzle toy such as a Kong stuffed with yummy treats or even a portion of the day's food can keep your dog occupied while you are away. Freezing the food in summer, or adding in treats that are only given when you are away can add to the challenge and help make the toy something special to look forward to.
Turning on a television or radio to a channel such as talk radio can also help by providing sounds that are familiar to your dog and may provide comfort while you are away. Many TV providers also now have "dog and cat" channels with programming designed just for pets that are home alone! Adding in a blanket or article of clothing that smells like you can also help to soothe your pet while you are away, making him feel more comfortable.