Whilst parents might relish dropping the kids back at school after a long summer of keeping them entertained, there’s one member of the family who might not be so happy to see them go – your dog.
Dogs are pack animals, they enjoying being with their family; they enjoy and find comfort in routine. If their routine has changed over the summer, you should expect it might take some time for them to adjust too.
Or maybe you took advantage of the summer holidays to introduce a new puppy to the family and this is the first time they’ve experienced the change of routine which comes with going back to school.
To make the adjustment a little easier there’s a few things we owners can do:
- Make time for a morning walk, your dog will enjoy a snooze after exercise and breakfast
- Leave quietly with no fuss, practice this so you’re confident your dog is happy, leave them with a distraction such as a stuffed Kong if needed
- Return home quietly, this makes coming and going the norm and not a special event
- Keep an eye out for signs of separation anxiety, seek advice from your vet if you’re concerned
To beat the back to school blues the Animal Magic way, we have a whole term jam packed of fun classes starting week commencing 2nd October. With a variety of classes there’s something for everyone, don’t miss out – book your place now!