Monday, August 4, 2008

Pouty Pooches Suffer From Empty Nest Syndrome

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Parents won’t be the only ones with empty nest syndrome when their kids leave home for college.

Greatest American Dog judge Victoria Stilwell says that like humans, dogs can experience separation anxiety when a teen moves out.

Since dogs and kids often grow up together, a kid’s absence can be very painful for a pooch.

Stilwell says aggressive barking, loss of appetite, or peeing in the house are all signs of a heartbroken hound.

Terrier owners may want to pay even closer attention to their pups, as this breed tends to be especially hypersensitive.

Stilwell suggests collegebound teens spend less time with their dogs two to three weeks before their big move, to ease the transition and make the living adjustment easier for their four- legged friends.

She’s the author of It’s Me Or The Dog: Fat Dog Slim (Collins) and has a show by the same name premiering on Animal Planet this fall.

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