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How to Prepare Your Pup for the New School Year

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
A girl reading a book little puppies

A girl reading a book little puppies

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!


dogs of summer


Summer: you can go barefoot, drive with the windows down and tan your skin. Although great for you, these may not be as appealing ideas of summer for dogs.

Bare Paws

While you're out there with the sand between your toes enjoying the warmth, your dog's paws could be getting burnt. Paws can get burnt on hot sand or asphalt, so avoid exposure when the ground may be too hot to handle.

Hot Cars


Photo from petfoodreport.blogspot.com

Driving with the nice summer breeze in your hair is great, but if you stop in somewhere and leave your dog in the car he's going to wonder where that summer breeze went. NEVER leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature in the car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes; this can result in a heat stroke or death.

Sun Burns

When you're out there working on that tan, your dog could be getting a sunburn. Dogs do sunburn. The ones that are especially at risk are those with short, white fur and pink skin. So when you're lathering on that sunblock get some dog safe sunblock and apply it to your dog's ears and nose 30 minutes before going out.

Summer can be enjoyable for you and your dog, if you just take the proper precautions. So get out there and enjoy some summer weather!

Feature photo from betterbuddies.com