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.
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.
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.
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.
Try crate training your dog. Call (503) 416-2983 for more information about getting your dog used to a crate.
When the kids leave for school, keep your dog securely inside your home so they aren’t tempted to follow your child down the street.