It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin spice lattes are back, and everyone is going back to school. Pets are creatures of habit, and the change in routine can be stressful for some animals, especially new pets. Most animals will adapt just fine, but if you know your pet has a bit of anxiety, or doesn’t deal with change or stress well, consider taking some preventative measures or making an extra effort to minimize the stress.
Keep them on schedule – Try to keep your pets routine the same – meal times, walk times, going to the park, or if you’re into agility or other activities, don’t let them be brushed aside. Ensuring that your pets continue to have adequate activity, exercise, and attention is important so that they do not start to redirect their energy into other behaviors such as anxiety or destructive behaviors. Back to school is certainly a busy time of year for everyone, and it can be easy to forget or put things off like going for a walk or the dog park. Making the effort to not brush aside your pets activities can go a long way to helping them adapt to the changes as well. If you know your schedule won’t allow for consistent activity for your pets, consider doggy daycare, or a dog walker. Our pets don’t have to go back to school, but they can get bored when they don’t have their family to play with all day long like they did throughout the summer.