image313493It’s that time of year again! The kids are heading back to school or off to college, disrupting summer routines for your pets. Dogs (more so than cats) are prone to separation anxiety and depression and need extra care. As you introduce new fall routines into your schedule, make sure you prepare the whole family for what’s in store. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Stick to a daily routine. Rise and shine, family meals and playtime should all be scheduled at approximately the same time every day.
  • Try to exercise your dog in the morning. A tired dog is a happy dog, which will limit outbursts caused by pent up energy.
  • Playing with your cat for ten minutes before leaving will keep him/her satisfied into the day. Try to keep one window open so they have visual stimulation.
  • Have the kids give the pet a special toy to associate something positive with them leaving for school. And make sure to put the toy away once home so it stays a special treat.

If you have it in the budget, doggie daycare or dog walkers every few days will give your dog the opportunity to socialize with both people and other dogs.