So much is happening around the house leading up to that crazy time of year known as Back To School. Pets can feel stressed and left out during this time, and once school starts the house can feel empty. Your dog may get bored and lonely, which can lead to unwanted behaviors in an otherwise well behaved dog. So why not send your dog Back To School along with the kids?
Many dogs experience anxiety during Back To School time. Help ease the transition by sending your dog back to school too! Here are some activities to get your dog in that Back To School mode too and prevent her from becoming lonely, stressed, and even destructive!
TRAINING CLASSESWhy not enroll in a new Training Class at your local PetSmart or other dog training facility? It will keep your dog occupied, well exercised and out of trouble! He may even feel a lot more special with all that attention focused on him and all the treats he’ll be getting in his reward based training class. Many facilities go beyond basic obedience into more enriched classes like Tricks training, Agility, Obedience Rally, and Nosework. It's a good time to find discounts on training as dog training facilities offer Back To School specials!
If you don’t have much time or money, search online for dog training videos, purchase a dog training book, or take a book or video series out from the library and create your own custom training curriculum. Flip through the videos or books and select a few new things you’d like to teach your dog. By Thanksgiving everyone will be amazed at how much your dog has learned!
If your dog has already thoroughly aced all the basic obedience commands and you just want to have some fun together, try tricks training. With a tricks training class, book, or video you can teach your dog to do some really cool tricks like Play Dead, Where’s My Dog?, Are You Sorry? and much more. By the time the holidays roll around, you’ll be able to wow your family and guests with the show-stopping tricks you’ve learned!
If your dog hasn’t had one of these fun, mentally stimulating puzzle toys yet give one a try! If you’re worried your dog will quickly tire of the toy you just paid good money for, hook up with some friends to rotate and share your puzzle toys. That way you each buy just one puzzle toy but your dog gets to play with several, changing them up every few weeks to keep them fresh.
If you’re looking for something that gets you and your dog outside more, set up some training activities out in the yard. Several companies make home agility or obedience rally courses you can set up right in the yard. These activities help re-enforce many basic commands and will increase the bond you and your dog have as you work together through the courses.
Your dog will be the envy of every canine on the block as she heads Back To School this Fall! Find more tips on how to ease the Back To School transition for your dog here.
How do you get your dog ready for Back To School in the Fall? Please leave us a comment and share, we LOVE to hear from you!
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