5 Back to School Pet Tips

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August 23, 2011
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The back to school rush means more days are being spent out of the house leaving your furry buddy home. Shopping for new school clothes, supplies, and attending back to school meetings, means less time spent at the dog park, taking long walks at night, or day trips to the beach. Your dog can feel the change in the house and daily routines that he’s adjusted to this summer.

A change in routine can bring about the back to school blues for your pet as he watches everyone come and go without him. It can be confusing and make them nervous.

Here’s 5 tips to help make the transition easier on your pet:

1: Start rescheduling the feeding and play times with your pet gradually if they will be different now that the kids are back in school than they were over the summer. Establish play times with your dog and the children that work with their school schedule. Make a routine that your pet can depend on no matter what changes occur around them.

2: Give your pet some alone time. Separate your kids from the pets at certain times of the day to get your dog used to being alone without his best friends. Make your departures low key and calm. It will cut down on his anxiety.

3: Break out the crate if it’s been away. Some dogs become anxious at the changes and may need their safe space. Crating is a way to keep them safe, give them a sanctuary, and you know they aren’t destroying anything. A toy with some treats can help distract them from your absence and give them something to chew on.

4: Doggie daycare can help pass the time and give your pet some new buddies. If your dog really seems beside himself and has a ton of energy to burn off, but the kids have homework and other after school activities, daycare for your dog can help. He’ll play, socialize, and will come home happy and calm.

5: Spend quality time with your pet and the children. Encourage your kids to spend quiet time with the pet as well as play time. Watching a movie or reading with the dog can help establish a bond that isn’t based totally on play and help your dog relax.

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