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5 Tips For Back to School Time and Your Dog

Parents are sending their kids back to school, and with all that preparation and excitement its easy to forget about how that change impacts your dog. Your pet is a member of the family has probably been included in all the summer fun activities that took place and now with the kids gone you arent the only one who will notice how quiet and empty the house has become.But there are some ways to pay special attention to your canine pal during this transition.

Parents are sending their kids back to school, and with all that preparation and excitement its easy to forget about how that change impacts your dog. Your pet is a member of the family has probably been included in all the summer fun activities that took place and now with the kids gone you arent the only one who will notice how quiet and empty the house has become.

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But there are some ways to pay special attention to your canine pal during this transition:


  1. Monitor changes in mood: Less activity and attention dogs can have dogs experiencing depression. Be on the lookout for listlessness, lack of energy, loss of appetite, hiding or cowering, and not wanting to play - even when the kids come home. Dogs can also suffer from separation anxiety that will manifest in in erratic behavior such as excessive barking and whining, frantic clawing to get out, destructive chewing, and going to the bathroom in the house. Unlike depression, dog depression, dogs with separation anxiety will be thrilled when family members return home.
  2. Establish a new routine: Dogs love schedules and routine. Remember your dog is part of the family, so make them part of the new routine. Feed them when the kids are having breakfast and getting ready for school. Time dog walks when the kids are headed out or if you walk your children to school so your dog can feel included.
  3. Give them more attention: With the house quieter, make sure that the dog is still getting lots of attention from you. Be sure you are still talking to and playing with your doggie throughout the day. And have kids include the dog in their new schedules - maybe talking the dog for a walk before or after homework.
  4. Make your dog feel special: Just like you did back to school preparations for the kids, now might be the perfect time to pamper the dog. with some home grooming, including giving them a bath and dog shampoo, doing a nail clipping, and maybe treating them to some new dog accessories like a new leash or new toy to play with the pass the time without the kiddos.
  5. Have a health intake and update: Its also a good time to look at whats happening with your dogs health. Weigh them for changes and see if their weight or age indicates a need to change the type of food you are feeding them. Take stock and order any pet meds and pet supplements or flea control treatments.that you use on an ongoing basis.This way youll have them on hand as things get busy.


Lisa Picarille
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