I have both furry and human kids. The kids like playing with the pets, both our dog and pet rats. I'm thankful for that because it's nice to have a little help caring for the pets. Fortunately for me, I work from home so Shiner is always with me. I do remember that when I worked away from home, Shiner was left by herself in the afternoons. I know that caused her a bit of boredom and stress.
The Humane Society Silicon Valley has created a helpful infographic with several great tips on how to keep your dog happy, stimulated, and on a good schedule this school year.
How to Help Your Dog Beat the Back to School Blues
1. Interactive Toys - Keep your dog busy and stimulated with interactive dog toys. HSSV suggests toys like KONGs that you can stuff and even freeze. Puzzle feeders and puzzle toys can also fend off some boredom for your pooch.
2. Adopt Another Dog - Many dogs enjoy the company of another furry friend.
3. Take Your Dog to Day Care - This is a great way to socialize your dog. Most dogs have a blast at doggy day care centers.
4. Turn the Radio On - Your dog is probably used to hearing some sort of white noise in the house when the family is at home. Turning on the radio or TV for them while you're gone can make them feel more comfortable.
5. Exercise - Set up a schedule and plan a time to exercise or play with your dog every day.
6. Hire a Dog Walker - A dog walker can visit your home everyday and take your dog for a walk at lunchtime, play with them, or whatever else you'd like them to do.
7. Homework - Just like human kids have after-school activities they enjoy, dogs can too! There are lots of fun dog classes out there to try. Or you could even try scheduled training sessions with your dog at home.
Thanks to HSSV for sharing these tips for keeping dogs happy during the school year. What sort of things do you do for your pets to keep them happy when you're not at home? Share them with us!