Hudson - Litchfield News September 3, 2010 - 11
Kids are using more and more electronic devices this school year Kids are using more electronic devices throughout
the school year than ever before. They’re on cell phones to connect with friends and family, handheld computers for homework, downloading music vid- eos and searching the net and carrying MP3 players for jamming to music.
But because students are always on the go during the busy, hectic school year, there’s always the pos- sibility that these electronic devices don’t get fully charged at night with a tangle of cords stretching from outlets all around your house. In fact, two-thirds of parents report that their chil- dren use a dead cell phone battery as an excuse for not communicating with them, according to an Ipsos poll conducted in July on behalf of Duracell. You can remove that excuse and set an example
for your children by keeping your own cellphones, BlackBerrys, iPods and other electronic communica- tions devices fully charged—without the cords or multiple outlets. The Duracell myGrid Charging Pad is a high-tech and hassle-free charging station that eliminates the mess of chords and charges up to four electric devices at once. You just equip your cell with the compatible Power Sleeve or Clip and drop it on the Grid to let it charge. Busy school schedules can also have your family
Back-to-School Separation Anxiety
Dear Woof Woof, My dog, Max, has been behaving badly ever since the kids started back to school. He chews things around the house, scratches at the door, and has pulled down the living room curtains three times. The neighbors say he barks and howls during the day, but we never hear it when we are home. The only time we hear him bark is when the school bus comes to the house. What can we do?
Dear Kristina, If you are anything like me, then you couldn’t
wait for the kids to start school again. Your dog, Max, isn’t nearly as thrilled as you are! Max is suffering from a classic case of separation anxiety. There’s a reason dogs bark at school buses — they loathe back-to-school season. Who can blame them? They go from a bustling house full of activity and fun to an empty nest with nothing to do but chew on an old toy and patiently suffer with a full bladder. Dogs are pack animals and being separated from the pack is incredibly stressful and scary. They are also creatures of habit and changes in routine are seldom well received. There are two distinct forms of separation
anxiety. One is dominant and the other is fear- based. The dog that experiences dominant separation anxiety tends to destroy personal items. The stronger your scent on the item, the better they like it. Things like shoes, socks, undergarments, and bathing suits are prime targets. They also tend to soil places like your bed or bathroom. The dog experiencing fear-based separation anxiety tends to do most of his destruction at the boundaries of your home. They do things like scratch at the door, pull down the shades, and damage stuff near the windows. The neighbors are hearing the unfortunate result
of your dog’s anxiety. The fearful dog will bark at any noise that is perceived as a threat as a means of scaring away the intruder. The best defense is a good offense for the fearful dog. The dominant dog will bark and howl in a high pitch, much like a wolf howling to call the pack together. Here are some tips to help you deal with the problem. You should start slowly and let your dog gradually get used to the idea of being alone during the day. Short periods of alone time that
get built up over a few weeks make the transition easier. Never make your departure an event. You should simply leave like nothing is wrong and your dog will believe that nothing is wrong. I find that giving my dog a new toy or treat-filled Kong is plenty of distraction. You should follow the same rules upon your return. Don’t get your dog overly excited when you come through the door. Allow him to settle down before engaging in play. Don’t bother scolding or punishing your dog
for any destruction or accidents that happened in your absence. He has no real sense of time and what you are yelling at him for might as well have happened weeks ago in his mind. The best thing you can do is give your dog plenty of exercise! We have an expression at Woof Woof — “a tired dog is a good dog!” It is critical that you exercise your dog before you depart for the day. If you need to leave your dog for an extended amount of time, arrange for a neighbor or dog walker to take him out during the day. Doggie Daycare is also a great option. Nothing makes a dog happier than a day of fun and play with his pals while you work and the kids go to school. Dogs with severe separation anxiety may need professional attention. Don’t hesitate to ask your vet if your dog may benefit from anti-anxiety medications, pheromone therapy, or supplements in additional to behavior modification to ease his nerves.
Cats on the other hand seem to be unaffected by
the back-to-school blues. I swear that I could hear my cat humming “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” every time the kids went back to school!
Dear Woof Woof is written by Ralph Sinclair. He is the Behaviorist at Woof Woof Professional Dog Services & Doggie Daycare based in Windham, and is an “Uncle Matty” Certified Dog Trainer, an A.K.C. Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and an A.K.C. Good Will Ambassador. Do you have a question about your dog? Please call Ralph at (603) 890-6239 or e-mail him at email@example.com
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scrambling one or two nights a week, preventing ev- eryone from taking the time to charge their electron- ic devices at home. Send your teen to school with a reserve power source from Duracell in her purse or backpack. The Instant Charger and the Powerhouse Charger both work with BlackBerrys, iPods and most cell phones, and can provide up to 35 hours or 60 hours of extra power respectively. With so many families mobile and on the go dur- ing the school year, keeping schedules organized is less of a hassle if everyone has good electronic communication equipment. Cell phones can also keep your family safer, and 90 percent of the survey respondents reported that’s the reason they gave their children cell phones. They’re great for helping all family members check in so you know where they are—especially before and after school. If you do give you child a cell phone, make sure
you discuss the school rules with her. Some dis- tricts don’t allow cell phones to be on in the school building, while others just don’t allow them in the classroom. Teach your child about taking respon- sibility for his or her phone, following the school rules, keeping it charged and using it appropriately. Visit Duracell.com
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