Around the US, school aged kids are getting back to the learning grind. In Arizona, year round schools are already back in session (yay for quieter shopping during the day!). For a lot of households, dogs and cats are having to get used to the kids being out of the house all day once more, which can sometimes be a difficult transition. So why not make it a fun, learning experience for our dogs? I personally don’t have children, but I’m using this time to get back to the basics. It’s back to school for dogs; let’s touch on training and tasks you can do with your dogs to signify a new school year. Pups need school supplies too, so enter to win three super fun school themed toys!
Back to School for Dogs
It’s always a good time to touch on basic training with your dog. I’m talking really basic, like sit, stay and down. Not only is basic training good for your dog mentally, but it’s also great to improve your bond. Make sure you use lots of treats and positive reinforcement!
Dogs thrive on a schedule. If you’ve gotten out of a routine due to summer vacation, work on integrating back into one. Animals need routine just like people do. Check out why schedules are so important for our pets, and start getting your routine back into place.
In Arizona, animals tend to gain weight because we cannot exercise outdoors as much. As the weather cools down and becomes more bearable, get outside and start working those bodies! I know I could use the extra exercise, and so could my dogs. I’m ready for temperatures to get back to normal so we can resume our outdoor activities. In the meantime, check out these great stimulating indoor activities for dogs.
Back to school means a physical! If you haven’t taken your pet for an annual exam yet this year, now’s the time. Make sure they are up to date on all of their vaccines. You will also want to review their microchip and ID tag info to be sure it’s current.
Every dog needs new supplies to go back to school! Head to PetSmart and check out the super cute collection of back to school toys and clothes! And don’t worry – I have you covered! Enter to win a 3 pack of back to school toys below.
Enter to win some school supplies for your pup! I’m giving away a set of three (3) dog toys from the Back to School Collection at PetSmart! The toys are brand new! Two of the toys have squeakers, and the other one is a crinkle toy. The toys are a school bus, calculator and piece of A+ lined paper! For full giveaway disclosures, see here. *Open to US residents only!*