It’s not just kids and parents who are getting back to school routine, pets are too!
Connie Kile from the Providence Animal Rescue League was in studio sharing some tips to help get our furry friends ready for the Fall!
Here are some tips to make the transition an easy one for you and your dog:
Teach the kids to not make a big deal about leaving. If you get all emotional about leaving your pooch behind, he will pick up on it and get anxious, too. A quick “See ya later!” is just what your dog needs to relax and wait for your return.
Save a special toy that your pet really loves and have your children give it to them just before they are ready to leave for school. Rubber Kongs or hard hollow bones can be stuffed with a little peanut butter or cream cheese and can even be frozen for a long lasting treat! Put it away again once the children come home so it remains the “special toy”.
TURN ON SOME TUNES
Kids make a lot of noise! During the summer the house is full of all kinds of sounds. Try leaving slow and relaxing music playing when the house is empty.
HIRE A DOG WALKER
A dog walker can visit your home every day or a couple times a week and take your dog for a walk at lunchtime and give them a nice break during the day.
Taking a dog training class with the entire family can be a lot of fun. Kids can practice what they learn at class by working with their dog —kind of like helping their dog with his or her homework!
Working a dog’ mind is equally important. Puzzle feeders and puzzle toys can fend off boredom for your pooch. Figuring stuff out can be very exhausting!
Set up a schedule and plan a time to exercise or play with your dog every day. You might even think about getting up earlier for a walk, run or game of catch. Remember: A tired dog is a HAPPY dog!
PARL will also hold its 28th annual pet walk on Saturday, September 17th at Roger Williams Park from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Proceeds will help support PARL’s critical programs and services for people and animals in the community.
Participants are asked to register at PARL.ORG to create their own free fundraising page and begin raising donations today. Register as an Individual or as a Pack. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. The registration fee is $20.00 per adult and includes lunch and an event t-shirt. Children under 12 are free.
Activities include a Canine Costume Contest and this year’s theme is “Work Out Gear”! There’s also a Doggie Day Spa, Mutt’s Marketplace, raffle prizes and fun and games at the Kids Kennel. For more information on how you can support PARL and participate in Pet Walk 2016, visit PARL.ORG or call us at 401-421-1399.
About The Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) – The Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) has provided programs and services to people and animals of Rhode Island and the surrounding areas since 1913. PARL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that receives no federal or state funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support its mission.