Right now is an incredibly busy time for parents. Back to school
shopping, getting our kids back on an early bedtime routine and what have you. During all this, one thing often gets overlooked. Our pets.
Believe it or not, they feel the stress of changes
around them. Dogs especially get so used to routine, and having their mini humans home with them every day. And they love it. So when all that comes to a quick halt, our dogs feel that. Some will even get upset about it.
Knowing that, what can we do to help them get over the back to school blues?
Start changing the routine slowly. Rather than everything coming to an abrupt change, try and do it over time. Sort of ease into it. A slow change over time can be much easier to handle instead of sudden.
Get your dog a few new toys to keep them occupied during the day while their mini humans are at school.
- During the summer, your kids most likely kept your dog well stimulated and exercised. To help combat the loss of that, take your dog for a walk before each school day starts. This will tire them out and help greatly with the lack of having kids running around all day, keeping them busy.
- This next one can make a big difference. The first few days of back to school, do not, I repeat, do not make a big deal out of it when you and the kids leave the house in the morning. If you make a big deal out of it, your dog will be confused and he will wonder what the big deal is. Just leave the house the same way you would any other day.
- Keeping with the tip above this one: do not make a big deal out of it when the kids come home from school. I know, I know, it's tempting to want to let your kiddies smother the pup in kisses and I miss you's, but again, your dog will see it as a big deal if you make it a big deal. And that is exactly what we are trying not to do.
Take your dog for a nice family walk with the kids after school.
It is so important for us to remember that dogs have feelings too. Human children and our pets form very tight bonds with each other, and over summer breaks that bond grows stronger. After all, they get to spend all day every day with each other. That is why back to school can really do a number on our furry pooches. I think the 2 key things to take out of my tips are exercise and not making leaving and coming home a big deal.
If you are able to exercise your dog in the mornings
, he will be much more likely to just chill and snooze for most of the day rather than stress about where his best friends went. And by not making coming and going a huge thing, your dog is less likely to see it as a huge thing.
I hope these tips can help you as much as they help me and my family. Best of luck to all the kiddos heading to school for the year!
If you have any back to school tips you would like to share, please do so in the comments. :)