Helping Your Pets Adjust to “Back to School” Time

Summer seems to have come and gone. A bit too quick for my liking.

Back to School and Summer Is Done! How to Make Your Pet Dog Feel Loved

Back to school has started, summer holidays are over, everything is hectic while we all try and get our regular days back on schedule etc etc etc… but, where does that leave our pets?

Does all this chaos affect them?

The fact is yes, it does affect them, but what can you do about it?

Your pets get used to having everyone home during the summer. Kids playing, holiday trips with the family, then suddenly it all stops, parents are working, kids are back in school, and pets are left at home. Which is completely normal, but stop and think for a moment exactly how it would affect your pet.

Here Are 6 Ways to Help Your Pets Adjust to Back to School Time:

1. If your pet is an only pet, consider getting him/her a friend. Always think about your situation though, and whether or not a second animal would fit into your life.

2. You may also consider having a family member, friend, or neighbor stop by your house once or twice a day to spend time with your pets. This will help break up their day, so that they are not alone the entire duration in which everyone is gone.

3. Background noise! Don’t let your pets sit in silence all day waiting for everyone to come home. Try leaving the television on, or radio, so that they have some noise to keep them company.

4. Try and spend a little bit of extra time with your pets for the first couple weeks. Such as after work, come home take your pets somewhere on a walk, or spend a little bit of extra play time with them. This will just help them understand that even though you are gone through the day, and the mini humans are at school, they will still get some extra special time when you get home.

5. Consider some new toys for back to school season. Dogs and cats are like hu-kids when it comes to toys, and when a new toy is put in front of them, they will generally keep busy with it for at least a little bit out of the day. This will help take their mind off the fact that everyone is gone for a little while.

6. If you can, try and take your dog(s) for a walk in the morning before you have to leave for the day. Getting some of their energy out, will hopefully allow them to sleep for a bit while no one is home.

Back to school is a hectic time, yes, but it can be fun too! We just need to always remember that when something affects us, it most likely affects our pets too.

Let us know in the comments if you have kids, and how you help your pets adjust to back to school time!

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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40 Responses to Helping Your Pets Adjust to “Back to School” Time

  1. Rachel says:

    I know, I can’t believe it’s already back to school time. These are great tips for pet owners!

  2. Robbi Hess says:

    Great tips. I remember how my dogs got antsy when the kids went back to school. Now they get antsy when I go to check the mail.

  3. Nichole says:

    We posted our Back to School tips, as well as tips on having a well behaved dog when it comes to the bus stop, etc. It’s important to remember our pets have to adjust too!

  4. No kids here but our usual walking haunts are a lot more empty during the day!

  5. Great back to school tips for pets. I like the get a friend idea to combat loneliness when the kids go back to school.

  6. Ruth Epstein says:

    I don’t have kids but help out with two boys and they were missed during the summer but back now and Layla is in seven heaven when she sees them on weekends, she loves this routine

  7. Loved the write up. Very informative post

  8. Sherri says:

    Yes, I go back to work this time of year and it’s always a transition for the pets. Because my cat of 17 years passed in June, my dog Victor won’t have that company. Sometimes I take him to his friend’s house if my days are going to be long. I’ve tried having a dog walker come in but he guards the house too fiercely (and yes he met her several times before she came here).

  9. Valerie says:

    I don’t have kids yet, but these are some great ways to make it easier on your dog!!

  10. Ruby doesn’t do well with change and this time of year is hard for her. Great tips. I have never tried the background noise, but think I will.

  11. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent advice, especially the one on getting your pet out to walk & burn some energy before you leave.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  12. These re great tips for pet owners. Many people may not think of more than one or two of them so kudos for such a comprehensive list! We always leave a rdion on when we go out, or to work – you are so right! Why should they sit in silence!

  13. You have some nice ideas here. Love taking the dog for a walk in the morning.

  14. Carol Bryant says:

    I have penned this topic, too, and there are great ideas here. Having a period of adjustment can really upset the dog, so thanks for spotlighting what works ;)

  15. Great post! As this time of the year can be exciting it can also be scary for pups!

  16. My previous cat would go through some anxiety when I was a school teacher and college professor after the summer. Truffle and Brulee experience it a little when I’m home during my long vacation during the holidays and have to go back in January each year.

  17. Robin says:

    I don’t have human children, but because my husband is a school bus driver, the beginning of the school year does affect me and my cats. As the schedule changes, I watch for signs of stress in the cats. If they are getting worried, I play with them and try to get their mood going in a positive direction. A few treats never hurt either! After a few weeks, the new schedule becomes normal for them and they aren’t bothered by it anymore.

  18. Pets are sometimes forgotten this time of year. Nice tips.

  19. Thanks for this article – so important, as if pets are bored they try to escape… & I don’t want them appearing on my website!!! Tweeted & Fbkd thanks.

  20. FiveSibesMom says:

    Pets sure do feel the difference when the kids go back to school!

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