As school starts up and we get back into the swing of things we need to remember to make time for our four legged friends. Being a dog to a family of school age kids is all fun and games in the summer, but once school rolls around we tend spend less time with the family pet. Here are a few ideas that will help your pet cope with the struggles of back to school blues.
- Set time aside to play with your pet- aside from the daily walks your pet should be receiving, play time should also be spent with them. This is for two reasons, one it helps them not feel abandoned, and two it is a great way to prevent your pet from acting up or out due to feeling neglected.
- Schedules- make sure that with the new back to school bed and play time that you are not forgetting to set up a schedule for your pet as well, dogs are creatures of habit and it is going to take a little bit of time for them to get back to bed before 9 or later. Having long summer days and nights filled with fun and excitement makes it a little harder for your pet to know when is quiet time. While you are off at work and kids at school your pet home alone, waiting with a lot of pent up energy. Try to remember this when you come home from a long day and your pet simply wants to play.
With these two tips you should be able to help reschedule your pet for the school season. Remember to be patient, dogs need to be shown how to act, you simply can not expect them to just automatically adjust their schedule like we do. There is a learning curve here and it is your job to make sure your pet passes the course.