|Backpack's on - Bandit's ready to go!|
|"I don't want to get up early!"|
- Let your dog escort your child with you to the bus stop, the corner, or ride along in the car if you drive your child to school.
- Keep the mood upbeat. We know how dogs pick up on our moods and energies.
- Let your children tell
- Let the radio or TV play while everyone is away so your dog hears voices and doesn’t feel alone.
- Call in from the office periodically to leave happy voice messages for your dog who is now home alone.
"I'm fine Mom. I love you, too."
- Treat your canine to a "doggie" snack when your child has his/her after-school snack. After all, who doesn’t bond well when food is involved!
- Let your child read/study with the dog nearby.
- If your child moves away for college and your house is now an empty nest, you will need to fill the lonely spot your family dog will naturally feel. Some additional hugs, kisses, and extra evening walks will work wonders. There’s no better cure for the blues (for both human and canine) than spending some time together!
|Time to study!|
- Hit up your local dog park for some extra socialization.
- Consider bringing another pet into the house for your furbaby’s companion. Or if you can’t, why not foster a dog from a nearby shelter or rescue and bring him/her home for some visits and company with your furkid. It will be greatly beneficial to both!
- With the kids back in school, it may be a great time to consider enrolling your dog in school! If you've been thinking about puppy kindergarten, behavior classes, agility lessons, or getting your dog certified as a therpay dog, this is the perfect time to do it! While the kids are busy in school, the furkids can be, too!