Dogs and Back to School Transitions

by Aug 31, 2019Dog Health, Dogs, Pet Care, Pet Sitting0 comments

Summer is winding down and buses are back on the roads. Kids are filled with a mix of excitement and nerves. Parents are jumping for joy – school is back in session! During this transitional period full of new binders and routine, your pet may need some help. Going from having an all-day playmate to being home alone for most of the day is no fun! Here’s what to expect with your dogs and back to school routines.

Start the Transition Slowly

For children and dogs like, sudden schedule changes can be stressful. If your pup has spent the summer having playmates all day and then is suddenly alone for 8 hours, they might be frustrated! Whenever possible, try to gradually leave her alone for longer periods during the day. This will prepare her for the longer days without someone to keep her entertained.

Maintain an Exercise Routine

A tired dog is a happy, relaxed dog. Providing your dog with a consistent exercise routine can be key to keeping happy when the summer fun is over. A walk or a game of fetch before everybody heads off to school or work is a great start. If you plan on being gone for long periods of time, consider hiring a professional dog walker to stop by midday and get your dog moving and provide an opportunity for relief.

Enrichment Toys

Leave your dog with a number of mentally stimulating toys such a Kong filled with peanut butter. Strategically hidden treats or puzzle toys that require effort to get the treats inside can also be healthy distractions. The possibilities are endless!

Keep Goodbyes to a Minimum

It is tempting to tell your pet you love them ten times before you leave, love up on them and give them extra kisses. Keeping your greetings and goodbyes calm and quiet will help keep your pets calm and avoid separation anxiety. You want your coming and going to be just another part of their day.

Technology May Help

In today’s world you likely have all sorts of smart gadgets around your home. These can be useful in helping your dog transition to his new routine. Ask Alexa to play “spa music” or use your camera to keep a watchful eye on your pup during those first few weeks. You can even go as far as getting a camera meant for pets to launch treats to them throughout the day!

While Back to School season is an exciting, emotional time of change for children and parents, our dogs pick up on this change in routine and energy, too. These tips will hopefully get your family and your pup off to the school year on the right paw… errr, foot!

To learn how RCO Pet Care’s team of professional pet sitters can help your dog this back to school season, check out our servicescontact us or call us at (203) 641-2428.

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