Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Back To School! Ease the Transition For Your Dog As Well As The Kids

When kids go back to school in the Fall, it can be a big change for the dog as well as for the kids.  There's a flutter of activity in the days before school starts, then the kids are suddenly gone for long periods of time every day.  Dogs can experience some anxiety during this major change within the household. 

Your dog may be missing the kids when they head back to school!
  • The dog may miss the kids
  • He may worry that the kids won't come back
  • He may get bored without the kids at home to play with
  • A dog may even try to get out of the house or yard so he can "look for" the missing kids
  • He knows something's different but doesn't understand what it is.  This may make him anxious.

What can you do to ease the Back To School transition for your dog?

Although Back To School time can be busy and hectic, try to spend more time with your dog  as the kids head back to school. 

Give your dog a new toy or something else he loves, to keep him occupied as the kids leave the house in the morning.

A nice long hike or walk will take your dog's mind off the kids being gone!

If your schedule permits, take the dog for a nice long walk or hike sometime during the morning to exercise and relieve anxiety or boredom and to let him know he's still impawtant!

In the first week or two of school keep a close eye on your dog to see if he's exhibiting anxiety or boredom, or developing any negative habits following the transition.  If you're lucky enough to be a stay at home parent and you have the time, consider trying a fun new activity with your dog.  A long walk or hike on a new trail, an agility class, or even a Doga (doggie yoga) class together!

Don't let your Furkids get lost in the shuffle once the insanity of Back to School starts!

Hey!  Where'd everybody go??

Have you experienced your dog's behavior changing when Back To School starts?  Please leave a comment and tell us about it.  We LOVE hearing from you!




  1. This was a great post!! My kids don't go back to school until this coming Tuesday, and I know the dogs will be lost without them!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. Thanks Jenna! I'm sure your dogs will definitely pine away for your kids once school starts! They're not the only ones who are sad when Summer is over. Thanks for stopping by.