It’s time for the kids to go back to school. A lot of kids have just completed their first week back in the classroom. I’m not sure, but I think I hear the sounds of parental celebration out there.
Parents have spent the past few weeks or so getting ready for the big day. There have been clothes and shoes to buy, book bags and lunch bags to get and every imaginable school supply to purchase.
Families are adjusting to the new routine and schedules. The days of sleeping late are over for a while. It’s time to set the alarm clock and wake sleepy kids up early.
Carpooling has begun. Kids are waiting at bus stops for the big yellow vehicle to take them to their institutions of learning. Soon there will be pep rallies and football games.
With the drastic change in the daily activities of families, I would like to point out a few tips to help your pet adjust as well. Back-to-school time is a big transition period for your pet, too.
You see, if your family has schoolchildren, more than likely your pet is accustomed to having a lot of attention and constant playmates during the summer. Now he’s wondering where his buddies have gone and why he’s alone for hours at the time during the day. There are measures you can take to reduce his anxiety and help ease him into this new season of the year.
First, block out some time in the morning to spend quality time exercising him. It doesn’t take much time to take him in a fenced yard and throw the ball to him or hook up his leash and take him for a jog.
Then, as soon as you or your responsible child get home in the evening, exercise your pet again. Do it at the same time every day so he’ll know to look forward to it. Once he sees the kids return in the evening and consistently play with him about the same time every day, he’ll eventually reset his own clock.
Also, while you’re out shopping for those school supplies, buy your fur baby some new toys. But please make sure they’re quality toys like Kong or Nylabone and make sure they’re size appropriate. Don’t buy big dog toys designed for a Chihuahua. Make sure the toys are large enough so your pet won’t choke on them.
Next, consider leaving the television on while you’re gone. There are channels pets like to watch and will keep them entertained. And let them have access to a secure, closed and locked window so they can look out to see what’s going on in the neighborhood.
Consider having a dog walker or pet sitter come in during the day to break up the monotony of being alone. Look for reputable, bonded sitters with references you’ve checked out. They can come to visit, feed and exercise dogs and cats.
Doggie day care also is an option for your beloved pet. You could drop him off at day care on your way to taking kids to school. When choosing a day care, first make unannounced visits and ask for a tour before you decide on the place to use. Talk to some current clients about their experience with the business before you leave your pet.
The beginning of school is an adjustment for everybody in the family. Please realize your pet is adjusting too and needs special attention.
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