I think it’s safe to say 2020 hasn’t really been what any of us were expecting. Covid-19 has brought a lot of changes to our daily lives and completely interrupted our plans and routines. While this is difficult for us to wrap our heads around, it’s even more difficult for our pets.
Dogs thrive when they are in a healthy routine, and they can get anxious or temperamental when their routines are changed suddenly. This is why, when changes in routines are necessary, it’s important to gradually introduce your dog to their new schedule.
This is especially important during the early months of back to school. Now that summer has drawn to a close, kids will either be heading back to the classroom or continuing their education from home through online classes. Either way, it’s likely going to be difficult for your dog to understand why their best buddies are no longer able to play all day. Which is why this is a perfect time to introduce your four-legged friend to a new schedule of their very own.
Here are the top ways to help your dog adjust to a new routine as kids head back to school:
Enroll your Dog in a Training Program
With the kids heading back to school, now is the perfect time for your dog to do some learning too. Let’s face it, no dog is perfect, and there are lots of ways to help your dog get out of bad habits. One of the best ways is to enroll your dog in a specialized training course.
No pup is too old or too stubborn to learn some new manners, you just need to find the right dog trainer for the job. While your dog is out-and-about learning how to be their best self they won’t even realize that the kids have gone back to school. Plus, by the time your dog’s training session is over school will also be out so your kids and your dog can be reunited.
Your dog gets to learn new things, your kids aren’t distracted while they e-learn from home, and at the end of the day everyone is better off. It’s a win-win.
Hire a Dog Walker
There is nothing a dog looks forward to more than a good long walk. So when the kids head back to school and your pooch loses his number one source of entertainment it’s really important to make sure you provide your dog with structure.
Hiring a dog walker is an excellent way to provide your dog with a healthy schedule that also keeps them active and gets them outdoors. They won’t be anxiously waiting at home for everyone to pay attention to them, instead they’ll have their own routine to keep them busy.
Check Out Your Local Doggie Daycare
Whether your kids are learning from home or in the classroom, your dog is likely going to have difficulty adjusting to the fact that playtime no longer lasts the entire day. But there is a place where your dog can still have fun while your kids are busy, doggie daycare!
Sending your pup to a doggie daycare during the school day is a fantastic way to keep your dog busy while making sure they are active and having fun. Doggie daycares do so much more than just watch your dog, they offer a fun place where your dog can play, run around, and socialize with other dogs. This is an excellent way for your dog to blow off some steam and get some much-needed exercise during the work/school day, this way when you pick them up they’ll be all tired out after their fun day. They’ll be ready to eat and head to bed, just like you.
ProPet’s Back to School Sale
With kids heading back to school and dog owners looking for new ways to keep their dog busy, what better time than now to sign up with ProPet to manage your new influx of clients?
That’s why ProPet is offering a Back to School Sale! If you sign up for a ProPet subscription before September 15, 2020 you will receive a 50% reduction in your setup fees (which typically cost $75, per module).