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Back-to-School and Separation Anxiety? We can help PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Thursday, 26 August 2021 05:48

Families often adopt new pets during the summer, so they can spend as much time as possible training & bonding with them - and that's great.  But at this time of year, when schedules are about to get alot busier and everyone's thoughts turn to going back-to-school, your pets lives can be turned upside-down. With that in mind, here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid those Fall Semester "Blues"...

Keep their daily routine as close to "normal" as possible.  This includes having regular feeding times, walks for house-breaking & socialization, and extended PLAY periods whenever possible, at approximately the same time everyday.

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 they come home so it remains the "special toy".

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!

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. Plan fun afterschool activities for them to do with their pets - build a cat tree, plan a family game of soccer or go for a hike together. Encourage them 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.

These are just a few of the fun and pet-friendly activities you can do to help keep your pets happy and content. Don't hesitate to write your own back-to-school plan.  Get creative, and be sure to ask the kids for their ideas too!


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