Friday, September 9, 2011

Back to School Time!

Back to school can be an exciting time for families, but it can be a stressful time for our pets. With family schedule changes that can lead to increased time alone and decreased activities, our dogs may end up feeling like they are in detention!

Fortunately, there are easy ways to help our dogs stay safe while adjusting to these changes.
  • Keep new school supplies, including glue and pens, stored safely away from your beloved pet. Make sure your dog has its own "dog approved" items to chew, such as deer antlers, hollow bones, and so on.
  • Set aside some one-on-one time with your pet for training and exercise. School and after school activities are not just for humans. Activities including group obedience classes and running are important for keeping dogs active and engaged.
  • Keep a set schedule that includes your dog. Dogs thrive on consistency. Consistent feeding, exercise, and nap times are important.
  • Give your dog something to do when left alone. Items like Kongs stuffed with peanut butter and frozen can help tire out your dog while keeping him or her engaged and easing anxiety
  • Children who are new visitors to your home should NEVER be left unattended around your dogs. Always supervise interactions and look for stress signs that the dog is not comfortable, such as lip licking, yawning, and avoiding eye contact—these are all signs that Fido needs a break.
These tips should help keep your favorite pet well adjusted and happy during the back to school transition!

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