Back to School for Pets

Back to School for Pets

Around the country kids are moaning and parents are celebrating...it is time to go back to school!

What many people don't realize is that going back to school can really disrupt your pets life too.  All summer long they had a playmate to hang out with, snuggle with, and pass the days with.  Suddenly that person is gone for long hours during the day.

This may cause some behavioral changes in your pets.  They may be depressed and sleep a lot, or they may react by getting into trouble that they never did before.

There are ways to help your pets deal with these changes.  More than anything they probably miss the time that they spent with your children.  You may need to give them some extra attention during the day.  

You could also talk with your children about how the pets may be feeling.  Encourage them to spend some extra time with the family pets in the evenings and on the weekends. 

One of the best things to do to keep your pets occupied and out of trouble is to send them back to school right along with the kids!  This is a great time of year to enroll yourself and pets into an obedience class.  

Even the best behaved dogs can benefit from some additional training.  Most obedience schools have classes for every type of dog.  You may want to brush up on basic obedience, or maybe your dog has the energy for agility or flyball.  There are even acting and dancing classes for dogs!

Regardless of what you do, be sure to pay special attention to your pets as your children head back to school.  This can be a stressful time for the whole family, including the animals.  With a little extra love you can help them make this transition an easy one.


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