Back To School!
A dog meets a boy after school

You adopted a pet this summer and had a great time spending hours playing with your new furry family member. But now the days are getting shorter and the kids are headed back to school, leaving less time to go for walks or to cuddle on the couch. Suddenly, your dog is chewing up the cushions and your cat is clawing your favorite chair. What is going on?

Most pets love attention, and your family was around all summer to provide fun and companionship. Now with everyone back in their school-year routine, your pets miss you, are bored and looking for something to do.

1. From the moment you bring your puppy or kitten home, start a daily routine that you can maintain all year long, including feeding, potty breaks, and exercise/play.

2. Stuff a rubber Kong toy with kibble mixed with peanut butter and give it to your dog as everyone leaves in the morning. You can even freeze it to make it last longer. For cats, hide kitty treats around the house for them to “hunt” for while you’re gone.

3. Set aside time every day to play with your pets. Try teaching them a new trick, play fetch or roll around a cat toy.