Help Your Pets Adjust to More Time Alone

You’ve prepared the kids for back to school, but how about the dog? Your dog may experience some home alone issues as the family becomes more focused on school-related activities that pull you and your kids away from home. Here are some tips to help your dog adjust to your fall schedule:

Exercise: A tired dog is a good dog! Spend time exercising your dog before you leave for the day. Go for a walk, play fetch in your yard, do some fun training exercises.

Doggie Daycare: Check out doggie daycares in your area or consider hiring a dog walker. It may be worth the expense for a day of supervised play and exercise.

Puzzle Toys: Keep your dog busy while you’re away. Stuff a Kong with treats, hide kibble around his play area, or set up puzzle toys to provide your dog with mental stimulation and entertainment. Visit Best Friends’ Corner at OHS to purchase fun, interactive toys.

Crate Training: Try crate training your dog. Call (503) 416-2983 for more information about getting your dog used to a crate.

Secure Indoors: When the kids leave for school, keep your dog securely inside your home so he isn’t tempted to follow your child down the street.

Supervise Playdates: When new friends come over to play, make sure everyone stay safe! Your dog may be overwhelmed by all the excitement, so be sure to supervise interactions.

For more information and advice, check out our Resource Library or call the OHS Pet Behavior Helpline (503) 416-2983.