It’s that time of year again when most households get their children ready to return to school. This change in routine can have an impact on your dog’s behavior and appetite. Here are some quick tips to get your 4 legged family members back into “school schedule”:
Your dog gets used to having your children around in the house during the summer so when they return to school it can be stressful and lonely. Taking them along for the drop off and pick up at school can help add a fun layer to their day so they know the kids will be coming home. The same holds true if your children ride the school bus. Creating a fun word or phrase to signify leaving and picking up is a great way to help de-stress the situation. Perhaps, “Time for School” or “School Time” in the morning and “Let’s pick up the kids” or “The bus is coming” for the afternoon. Dogs are smart and they will learn the difference between the phrases. You’ll be adding to your dog’s vocabulary just like they are in school too!
Your dog might feel left out as you get your children ready for school and plan for the resumption of their after school activities. Try to schedule in 3 minutes in the morning and 3 minutes in the evening training a new word or trick. Setting a goal of one new trick or word per week is a great way to keep your dog engaged. Your children can be part of the fun, making it a family activity. Our treats are a great reward during training. Learn more here.
Be sure your dog has toys or chews available throughout the day. This will help break up the day with some power chewing or toy playing.
Why not make some easy Apple Chews? Take an apple, slice in half and remove the core. Slice up 1/8” pieces and lay on a cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for about 1 hour. Allow to cool and serve. These are great snacks that are packed with flavor and natural goodness. Enjoy!!