For many households, September marks back to school – a time to get back into the routine of homework and after school activities on top of daily needs like dinner, showers, and a solid night’s sleep. For humans, this is transition is expected and relatively easy; for our furry pals, though, it can be a sudden onset of loneliness and unwanted separation. While most pets get the hang of the new schedule after a couple of weeks, here are a few small things you can try to help distract them in the meantime.
- Interactive Treaters. They’re puzzles for pets! Available in varying difficulties, pets have to lift and slide flaps to get to the hidden treats underneath. A perfect distraction while you slip out the front door.
- Frozen Treats. Take a durable toy with an open center and fill it with peanut butter or cheese spread, then pop it in the freezer. When it’s time for everyone to leave, reward your pet with the long-lasting treat – by the time they finish, the excitement and commotion of everyone leaving will be through and they can relax in the quiet house.
- Morning Walks. We know it sounds crazy but waking up just thirty minutes earlier and walking the dog will make a huge difference to both of you; while it’ll help Fido burn some excess energy for his day in, it’ll help boost yours with some fresh air and movement while kick starting your metabolism for the day.
- The Classic Bone. If there’s a bone or chew toy your pet is particularly fond of, use it to your advantage! Only give it to them when you’re about to leave; they’ll be so excited by the chewy they’ll forget all about you. Plus, it can eventually become a marker to indicate to Fido that he’ll be on his own for a few hours.