Back To School Time Dog Care Tips

Summer has certainly flown by. Before long, the kids will be headed back to school. Many are already back in class. This can be a tough time for your canine companion, especially if he’s gotten used to having his tiny humans around more during the summer. A local Anderson, IN vet offers some tips on helping your pooch sail through this seasonal change in this article.

Adjust Schedule Slowly

Man’s Best Friend is very much a creature of habit, and tends to really thrive when he has a steady routine. If your furry friend’s walking and playtime schedules will be drastically different when school is in session, start making the change a few weeks before that first day.

Keep Supplies Out Of Paws Reach

Some of our canine buddies will eat or chew on anything and everything within paws’ reach. Things like pens, pencils, erasers, staples, glue, and markers are definitely not safe for your pup to chew on. These things are all choking risks, and can cause serious—and potentially life-threatening—issues if ingested.

Offer A Morning Workout

Fido will of course need a morning walk before everyone heads out for the day. Add in a few minutes of vigorous play. If you tire your furry bff out a bit, he’ll probably sleep through a chunk of the day.

Offer Enrichment

Our canine pals are very social, and can get lonely when left by themselves. Before everyone leaves in the morning, turn a radio on for Fido, so he has some background noise. You’ll also want to offer your pooch some toys and games he can safely use by himself. Hide some treats for him to ‘hunt’ down, or get him a doggy puzzle game.

Spend Quality Time Together

These days, many people—both kids and adults—are juggling several different duties and activities, as well as trying to squeeze in time for friends and hobbies. It’s important to carve out quality time with your family every day. These years will go by fast! That includes Fido, too. Make doggy playtime part of your daily routine. Just making an effort to pay some extra attention to your four-legged friend can help keep that cute tail going.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local Anderson, IN animal clinic, we’re always here to help!

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