6 Tips for a Smooth Transition
By Lyndsay Marvin
It’s that time of year: summer is ending and the school year is beginning. For some, school has already begun. It’s an exciting time for students, parents, and teachers, but it’s important not to forget our little furry friends. The beginning of the school year can be rough for dogs since schedules are changing and people aren’t home as much. It’s a big change and it’s imperative we take steps to ensure Fido is feeling happy and comfortable with the transition. BOGO Bowl has put together a list of things to get your pup on a schedule, leaving him (and you) happy and content.
- Feed him at the same time every day. It’s important for your dog to know when he is going to eat. No matter how many times you feed him a day (generally 1-3 times a day, depending on your dog), consistency is important both psychologically and physically.
- Walk him at the same time every day (or as close as possible). Being on a strict walk schedule lets your dog know when he should be ready to go potty. He knows to look forward to these times, which reduces accidents in the house. It’s best to walk him in the morning after you both wake up, after he eats, drinks a lot of water, plays excessively, and before bed.
- Schedule play and exercise. Most dogs need to exercise and have play time so they can get out their energy. They don’t generally like to be locked inside all day. Along the lines of having scheduled walks, you should also schedule play time. You can designate certain walks to be strictly potty time, and leave one (or two) walks to be potty plus playtime walks.
- Put Fido on a sleep schedule. Just like humans (and almost all creatures), dogs thrive when they’re on a specific sleep schedule. He will know when it’s time to wake up (and go on that walk he knows is coming) and when it’s time to wind down for sleep.
- Utilize his crate. Not all puppy parents use crates, so this one is geared toward the ones who do (or should). Giving your dog a specific safe place will help calm his anxiety and fear of you and the kids being gone all day. Even if you don’t use a crate, sometimes a designated area of the house is a great alternative.
- Hire a dog walker. This may not be for everyone, but for some families, hiring a dog walker can be very beneficial. If you work long hours or your kids are at school for a long time, your dog might need to go outside in between his morning and afternoon walks.
We hope these tips help you, your family, and your dog to have a smooth transition from scattered summer schedules to more strict school schedules! If you have any tips to share, please leave them in the comments below!