by David Zeligson.
Have you ever considered the impact seasonal change has upon your pet? Think about this more closely. As we transition from summer to fall, our patterns of daily living change. Our kids return to school following summer break. We become reinvested in our work following our own summer vacations and time off.
During fall, if you’re like many parents, you’re probably ushering the kids to sports practice, extracurricular activities and carpooling. It seems that all that free time you had over the summer is a distant memory. Where does your pet factor in? In fact, some pets may experience some mild anxiety by virtue of family members being home less often and spending more time alone.
The following are some suggestions for keeping your pets positively engaged and less stressed should you have less time to spend with them.
When Your Pets are Home Alone
- Consider leaving soft music playing on the radio or TV on. House pets often feel more calm and relaxed when they hear human voices.
- For dogs that are crate trained, you may wish to consider placing them in their crates during your absence. As long as comfortable, dogs experience their crate like a den, promoting feelings of safety and protection.
- If you are able to come home during your lunch break, consider the opportunity to let your dog out or even go for a short walk.
- If you’re not able to get home during the day, consider using the services of a professional pet caregiver.
- If your dog enjoys socializing with other dogs, consider enrolling them in doggie day care a few days per week.
The key point to remember is that when life gets busy in the fall, be creative about spending quality time with your pet. Moreover, if you are not always available to be there, be open to letting professionals assist you.
Happy Tails Wagging into Fall!