It’s that time of year again. When the kids are getting ready for school and we keep getting busier and busier which in turn may make Fido’s activity diminish. What happens to Fido when you get too busy for his now normal daily routine? You may notice some depression or a change in behavior.
Jenna Trethewey, Owner of Play Time Pet Care says, “Pets tend to become isolated and it’s important to engage your pets in a daily routine just like the kids. It helps dogs and cats everywhere.” Here are some tips on keeping your pets on a normal routine:
Be sure to include your pet in the new school supply shopping. Purchase some extra special dog toys that they ONLY get when you leave the house. Then pick them back up when you are home so they get the sense that they are going to get something special when you aren’t there.
Consistent activity will deepen your bond and allow your pet to relieve any pent up energy they may have from being home alone all day. We suggest allowing your dog to walk with you to the bus stop. Or engage in nightly walks to help Fido remain active.
When you eat, your pets eat. Keeping your pet’s on a normal eating routine will alleviate the question of whether Fido of Fluffy ate breakfast or dinner and possibly feeding them too much which could lead to obesity.
Make sure they have regular potty breaks. Getting them on a potty break routine prior to school starting will help alleviate any worries mom and dad may have about coming home to a messy carpet.