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5 Ways to Help Your Pet Adjust to Back to School

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4. Get Them a Friend

We decided to get our first dog a friend when we saw how lonely she was when we went back to school. However, this isn’t always an option. When we first got our second dog, people would warn us: “Twice the dogs, four times the trouble!” While we found that not to be true in the least, it is double the cost and at least double the hair on the floor during shedding seasons. If getting a friend for your pet isn’t the answer, look into daycare options. These can be great for your pet to socialize with other pets while exercising and playing with other humans. Your pet would benefit from a daycare setting even if you only did it once or twice a week. It will allow them to have some excitement, play with other pets and they’ll return to you tired and well-behaved.

5. Hire a Visitor


If daycare isn’t an option for you, consider hiring a visitor for your pet while your family is back in school. This can be a dog walker or someone who just comes over and plays with your pet while feeding him or replenishing his water. It generally isn’t very expensive to have someone come over and spend a little time with your pets while everyone is at school, and it can make a world of difference to your furry friends.

Do you have other suggestions for helping your pet adjust when everyone is back to school? Leave them in the comments!

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1:52PM PDT on May 13, 2014

thanks for sharing

6:41AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

ty--some very good reminders

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12:41PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Jennifer L. And All Other Members,

As I tell my parents, I am away to work- but really the animals we care for rarely home alone for very long, who are leaving for places, I am still home most times, to take the lap dog we care for. I tell them because they are created/breed for that (he is a mix of two such breeds); he gets extremely lonely without my mom, was closest with my now deceased grandmother and before us was with a temporary adoption woman.
I would have to say, I do not like the idea of not adopting a companion animal, who risks being in a shelter or staying in a shelter, and even worse death, because you maybe not spend enough time with them. The clearest answer, I never how people cannot see it right away, always have pairs of each animal you are adopting, even if they are the gender and of course, all fixed. Bring your single animal that already living with you to find a friend or when adopting the animal to an empty house, at for kill shelters, try to match personalities, attitudes and behaviors, some shelters offer programs to do this. Heck, if you can do it, bring a trust animal trainer or behaviorist with you to help you understanding. Obviously, then your once single animal or animals you are adopting have friend or mate to play with while you are gone.
Do not get me wrong for I am strong supporter of member(s) of our species giving the animal(s) they care for enough of their attention and time, not only

12:31PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Thank you for the advice.

11:12AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Why have a dog when you are out for so much of the time? It's putting your own needs before that of the animal.

11:07AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Why have a dog if it is being left alone for so many months a year? It's putting your own needs before that of the animal.

10:24AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Thanks for the suggestions! I think going to work is harder on me than my dog though ... SOOOO hard lol

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