As the summer comes to an end we start preparing for back-to-school with school supplies and schedule planning. This can be a crazy time for not only parents and their children but also for their pets. What seems like endless days of play all comes to an end when the school bus starts to come around and this can be a big change for your pets. Here are a few tips that will help your pet transition during the back-to-school season.

Slowly Ease into a New Routine

One of the best ways to help your dog is slowly start to show them what their new day will look like with less playtime or interaction with your children and yourself. This is also a good chance to help ease your children into their back-to-school routines making the transition easier on everyone!

Time for New Toys

Adding new toys to your pet’s collection is another way you can keep your dog entertained. Interactive toys are a great way to keep your pet busy but also can decrease their anxiety.

Dog Walkers and Daycare

Pet daycare or hiring a dog walker to help during the day can be a benefit to both you and your pet. Pet daycare allows your pet to be social with other humans and pets during the day along with timed walks and potty breaks. Dog walkers are a more budget-friendly option where you can hire a professional service or local helpers such as a college student or neighbor to help keep your dog active during the day.

While back-to-school can be a challenging time for everyone, it is important to spend time with your pet when you are home.  “Maintaining the human-animal bond is essential for a happy pet and pet owner,” says Dr. Taylor.  Understanding your pet’s activity level and creating a plan for your pet is the first step to keeping a healthy and happy pet!