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Tips to help your dog cope with the end of summer blues

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Published in Cats & Dogs News

As the summer comes to a close and the school year starts up again, you might notice your dog is overwhelmed and acting differently as a result. This busy time of year is a good time to think about your dog, who may be feeling left out during this time of transition.

The American Kennel Club recommends the following tips to keep your dog happy and settled during the season’s changes.

Make changes gradually. It’s important to ease your dog slowly into new routines. If there is a family member who normally walks the dog or sleeps in the same room as your pet who will be spending less time at home, make sure these tasks are delegated to someone who will be around more consistently. Make these changes ahead of time, before your routine officially changes, so your pup can acclimate.

Anticipate relationship changes. Be observant of the close relationships your dog has formed during the summer months. If these relationships happen to be with a family member who is planning a move or was just visiting for the summer, try and encourage new bonds between your dog and others who will be sticking around.

Don’t forget exercise. Be sure not to sacrifice your dog’s activities because of changing routine or shifting seasons. Exercise can help in solving a variety of canine behavioral issues, so always remember to provide your pet with opportunities for physical exercise, rain or shine, warm weather or cold.


Mental stimulation. Boredom can be the root of several undesirable dog behaviors, like digging, chewing, barking and jumping. Stimulating your dog’s brain is just as important as physical exercise. Indoor fetch games and practicing basic obedience commands can help keep your dog’s mind from wandering.

Learn new tricks. Dog training may happen less during the summer months. With routines changing, teaching your pup a new trick or two is a good way to help your dog feel included in the back-to-school routine. Teaching your dog new tricks is easier than you think; all that’s required is patience and some treats! It helps to keep training sessions concise. Simple tricks like shake hands or leg weave are a fun way to ensure your dog feels included in your household routine.

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