The start of a new school year means that many families and their dogs will have new schedules. Children will return back to school for classes during the mornings and afternoons. Adults may have work schedule changes as well — especially teachers. As a result, the dogs in these families will also a have a change in their Summer schedule and may need some help adjusting to being left home alone more often than usual.
5 Ways to Prepare Your Dog for Back to School
1. Prepare Ahead of Time
It’s a good idea to have a feeding and exercise schedule set up a few weeks in advance and stick to them before school starts. Set time aside in the mornings and evenings for walks and outdoor play.
2. Doggy Daycare
If you can afford it, doggy daycare even just a few times a week is a wonderful option to keep your dog occupied during the day. Your dog will be able to interact and play with other dogs and humans while you’re away at work and the kids are at school.
or Hire a Dog Walker
Alternatively, you can hire a dog walker to come to your home and take your dog out for a walk and play with them. This is a nice option for dogs who may not do well in a doggy daycare setting.
3. Give Your Dog Interactive Toys
Spending less time around their humans, a dog could become easily bored at home alone. Give your dog plenty of interactive toys to help with boredom and promote stimulation. Frozen stuffed KONG toys are great for keeping dogs busy. We had fun unforgettable memories when we visited KONG Company with Angel SUGAR.
4. White Noise
During the Summer, your dog may be used to a noisy house with kids and humans around them all day long. Once school starts, the house can be pretty quiet. Try leaving on a radio or TV for some white noise to help them feel more comfortable while the family is away.
DOGTV is a pawsome way to keep your dog entertained.
DOGTV makes KORU BEAR calm and relax …
with his new BARK Weiner Dogs Rule toy from Target
DOGTV offers videos and shows that can eliminate boredom and help your dog relax and desensitize to noises and sounds.
5. Use a Dog Camera
If you would like to keep an eye on your pup during the day, consider purchasing a dog camera. Some cameras allow you to interact with your dog while you’re away and can give your peace of mind as well.
I keep a watchful eye on KORU BEAR via PetChatz – a digital daycare. PetChatz is an interactive dog camera that lets you see, talk, dispense treats and aromatherapy to your dog when you’re away. PetChatz also streams DOGTV.
With these tips in mind, preparing your dog for Back to School will be easy! The goal is to keep overall anxiety and boredom to a minimum.