Getting ready for that first day of school? 📚 When summer comes to an end and it's time to go back to school, there's always just a little less time for the dog. Here are a few things that can help Fido not feel left out: ⠀
📗 With a busier schedule, your dog is likely to spend just a little more time than usual indoors. This can be difficult, especially for a younger dog with a lot of energy. Take a few minutes before you leave and go on a quick walk. This will not only wear your pup out so he's likely to be calmer throughout the day, it will also increase his mental stimulation. ⠀
📕 Leave him a puzzle toy, along with a couple others, so he has something to keep his mind on after you've gone. I usually rotate my dog's toys and feeder bowls every couple of days so they don't get bored with the same ones. This keeps things interesting for him! ⠀
📘 When you get the chance, a few minutes of training can go a LONG way! Pick a new trick or behavior you'd like to master, and work on it a little bit each day after coming home. This will help build relationship and increase your dog's confidence. Don't feel like you have to learn 3 new tricks for an hour each day! Work on ONE trick over the course of the week for about 10-15 mins a day. This will leave you BOTH wanting to come back for more! ⠀
📓 If you have multiple pups in the house, be sure to make time for each of them individually. Even if it's just a few minutes of separation time, you bonding with them on their own will strengthen your relationship and reduce their stress as an individual. ⠀
📔 Last but not least, give PLENTY of snuggles! This will help decrease your stress and give your pupper a little extra reward for being such a good boy all day.