Does your pooch or kitty have trouble getting back into a routine after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, traveling, or the family being away?
Just like us, there are pets who adjust to schedule changes quite well while others end up feeling out of sorts and a bit blue. It may take some extra effort to get back on track.
The Pooch Perspective
Dogs feel most secure when following a schedule. With houseguests sneaking them food under the table and getting special treats; sleep patterns and walking schedules disrupted; or traveling and being away from all things familiar, everything they are used to is turned upside down!
Many pups are very resilient and most times return to normal after a few days of consistency in their schedule. As with any change, there may be a time of adjustment which will require some patience and maybe a little extra attention from you. During this period of time, your pooch may act out by going to the bathroom inside, chewing, barking, demanding more attention, and not listening like they usually do. Structure is important when getting a dog back on track by providing clear communication, regular feeding, exercise, and sleep schedules.
While dogs are generally social, cats tend to make themselves scarce when unfamiliar people are around and there’s a lot of commotion. Most do fine when in their own familiar space where they feel safe and know where to hide…only making themselves known in their own time on their terms.
On the other hand, Fluffy may feel lonely or anxious when you are away even with someone checking in daily, but cats tend to get back to normal pretty quickly after their initial “I’m going to ignore you” routine. They’ll be looking for belly scratches and treats in no time. Even so, there are times your kitty may act out by not using the litter box or have stomach issues from anxiety.
How Dog Training and Pet Boarding Can Help
If your pooch is having issues getting back on track, obedience training just might be the answer to help make future transitions easier for both of you. Also, boarding your pet when away or while hosting a houseful of guests might be less stressful for your pooch or kitty. They’ll be following a daily schedule while getting all the attention and loving care they need.
Visit the Big Times Kennel website for information about available training classes and boarding options or call us at 937-885-3427.