Any school-age child will tell you that there is nothing more saddening than the last day of summer vacation. And according to a recent article in Dog Fancy, your dog may be just as upset to see summer end. Here are a few tips on how to keep fido entertained—and help prevent separation anxiety—once the kids head back to school:
1. Hide Engaging Items Around the House
Leaving toys and treats in unexpected places in your home transforms your dog’s time alone from a boring affair into one of pleasure and discovery. Stuffing healthy treats inside of hollow chew toys, purchasing an interactive dog feeder, or even just leaving scented toys in new locations can keep your pet entertained for hours.
2. Play Music/Turn on the TV
Playing classical or orchestral music in the home lends itself to a more soothing atmosphere, while leaving the TV on your favorite channel establishes a sense of normalcy for your pet.
3. Leave Your Scent
Rubbing your family members’ scents on the dog’s toys or placing a piece of recently worn clothing in your pet’s bed can make them feel like you are close by even when you are out of sight.
4. Schedule Time with Your Pet
The school year is without a doubt the busiest time for working parents, but don’t forget to carve out some quality time for your pet. An evening at the dog park, a weekend afternoon hiking in the woods, or even just a walk around your neighborhood can make all the difference when it comes to your pet’s physical and mental health.
4. Hire West Hartford Pet Sitters
We’ll play with your dog for you! 🙂