Summer flew by and kids are already getting on buses to head back to school. If you have a dog, we’re sure they enjoyed the extra company during the summer that they don’t usually have during the school year. However, sometimes it can be an adjustment to get back into a routine–the same goes for your pup! The North Shore Animal League of America has some great tips for adjusting:

  1. Work with your children to set and follow a daily routine that works for their lifestyle all year long. The schedule should include feeding, walks to one spot for housebreaking (toileting), walks off the property (for socialization) and appropriate play at approximately the same time everyday. Establishing a routine your pet can depend on will help them weather any changes that may occur.
  2. Save a special toy that your pet really loves and have your children give it to them just before they are ready to go out. Put it away again once the children come home so it remains the “special toy”.
  3. Hide favorite pet treats around the house for your pet to discover while you are away. Rubber Kongs or hard hollow bones can be stuffed with a little peanut butter or cream cheese and can even be frozen for a long lasting treat!
  4. Encourage your children to come home right away to care for their pet’s needs and jump into a fun game of “fetch” or “cat and mouse” before starting other afterschool activities.
  5. Plan fun afterschool activities for your children to do for and with their new pet – build a cat tree, plan a family game of soccer or go for a hike together. Encourage children to spend quiet time reading out loud to their pets and recording it so it can be played back while the animal is home alone.

Have a great school year, and don’t forget to give us a call for all of your veterinary needs! We are AAHA-accredited! 414-301-9113