School is right around the corner, the after school sports and lessons will start and it will get dark earlier. It doesn’t leave much time for the dog to be walked, played with, and trained. You might come home to find a shoe chewed or the neighbor complaining about your dog barking. Your dog is not being spiteful, angry or jealous—he’s lonely and confused by the sudden schedule change.
You can do things to help your dog with the transition. Take your dog for a walk or play fetch with him before everyone rushes off to school and work. Feed your dog in a snuffle mat or puzzle food bowl so he is entertained for longer. A well stuffed Kong can give your dog hours of entertainment—Kongs are a boredom buster staple here. The pet stores are full of interactive toys but you can make some of them yourself. Poke holes in a used water bottle or box and fill it partially with kibble or dry treats small enough to fall out of the holes as pup rolls it around. Use an old muffin tin, fill some of the cups with kibble then place balls in the cups. Your dog has to lift the ball off to get the treat.
If you didn’t get around to that needed training during summer, no problem, take a training class with your dog. Rock Nest Training & Pet Care offers an open enrollment class, that means you pick a day and time that fits your schedule, start right away, you pay for 5 sessions but have 10 chances to complete the course. You can fit home training sessions into your daily routine. You only need a few minutes and a few treats to teach your dog to lie on his bed.
If you are gone so many hours that if feels like the only time you see your dog is the weekend, let Rock Nest Training & Pet Care take care of the walking and training. We offer a variety dog walking, pet visit and training options. We just finished up with two young corgis in our walk and train package. They are good citizens now that they don’t feel the need to bark at every noise. This is a good value for these young dogs— they will have good manners for life.