Can you believe school has started already? It seems like the kids who spent all day playing with us during the summer are now scrambling around getting ready to catch the bus. Then once the yellow bus takes them away, they’re gone for an awfully long time. In fact, they’re gone all day long. And the bad thing about it is we can’t go along with them.
The beginning of school means a big change in schedule for most families. It seems the kids who have been our best friends all summer leave to go to school, and life changes drastically for everybody. Not only do the kids go to school during the day, but then they also go to music lessons, dance lessons, football practice and soccer practice. I mean, the list goes on.
Then when they come home, they race to eat supper and start their homework. In many ways, this time of year the pets are left behind and perplexed as to what happened.
Now the house is very quiet during the day. It’s very lonely, and many pets grieve.
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When pets experience a big transition like this, they can become nervous and suffer from separation anxiety. Sometimes when they’re left alone, they may even become a little destructive and tear up a sofa or chair out of sheer fear of being alone or simply from boredom.
But there are things you can do to help pets through the transition. You can shower them with affection and help them understand that even though the schedule changed, they are a treasured part of the family.
First of all, leave soothing music playing during the day or even leave them in the room with the television on. The Dog TV channel is designed to entertain pets while families are at work and school, and it’s a great option.
Another thought is to show them school items, such as lunch boxes and back packs. Show them anything the child will need to get ready for school. The pet will learn those items mean their buddy is getting ready to go. And help them watch for their favorite kid’s return home in the afternoon so they’ll know when they leave in the morning they will come back home.
Please don’t leave pets in the fence outside, only to see them watch their little friend walk from the house to the school bus. Many loyal dogs have climbed or dug out of their fences to chase a school bus carrying that precious cargo.
Safely inside would be the best place for pets that may fear they’ve been abandoned by their playmates. Becoming acquainted with a spacious crate may be a great option for dogs and cats inside the house. Have a comfy bed inside the crate, and before long, the pet will view it as his own personal space.
One of the greatest tips to aid in back-to-school adjustment is when the child returns home from school that he takes his furry buddy out of the crate and into the fenced backyard for some serious play. Running, playing, rolling, throwing -- any way to let the pet know when he sees his buddy come home from school that wonderful things will happen.
Please make a special effort during back-to-school time to give your fur babies special attention, affection and loads of exercise. Please reassure them that they still hold a place of value in your family.
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