As kids return to school, our schedules can become very busy and pets can get neglected. Fortunately, there are ways to incorporate your pets into a busy schedule.
Every day should start with healthy breakfast, and the same goes for our pets. Feed your pets first thing in the morning. This will keep them busy and not under foot while you make breakfast and lunches.
Place their bowls away from your work area and if your dog is a fast eater, feed them on a plate instead of a bowl to help slow them down. In about 20 minutes, they will likely have to go out to relieve themselves, which is a perfect time for a quick walk.
If your day starts with getting the kids to the bus stop, don’t leave the dog behind. Grab a leash and a bag and head out a few minutes early. Not only will your dog get some exercise, but this simple activity is a good time to bond with your dog.
If your family has cats or small caged critters, give your kids a few moments to play with your cat, pet them goodbye for the day or feed the other pets. According to studies, people who interact with animals are more positive and relaxed, which is a great way to start every day.
Before you bring your pet along to any outside, school-related activities be sure pets are allowed. Most schools will have rules listed on their website or ask in the school office.
If you find there are few pet related activities at school, talk to your PTA and find out if there is interest in more pet projects. Many local animal charities welcome the opportunity to partner with a class or school on fundraisers or food drives. Kids are always excited to help when it comes to animals.
When making your schedule it’s important to leave room for the unexpected. Adding 20 to 30 minutes to any pet-related appointments can help ease the pressure of a busy schedule.