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  • Writer's pictureKara Dyko

Paws and Priorities: Ensuring Your Dog's Safety During Back-to-School Season



Think Twice Before Bringing Your Dog to School Drop Off


Back-to-school is a time of excitement, anticipation, and sometimes, a little chaos thrown into the mix too. With so much going on, it may not be the best idea to bring your dog along for the ride. The excitement of the first day, coupled with the unfamiliar surroundings and the flurry of activity, can be overwhelming for our furry friends.


Navigating the Back-to-School Morning Rush with Kids...and Pets


The first day back is always a whirlwind. From ensuring the kids have all their supplies, to navigating the busy school parking lot, there’s a lot to handle. Introducing a pet into this mix can add an additional layer of unpredictability. They might get anxious amidst the commotion, try to follow the child departing the vehicle, or become a distraction when your focus is needed elsewhere.


Recognizing the Signs of Stress in Dogs - Especially During the School Day Shuffle


While we often associate wagging tails and excited barks with happiness, these can also be signs of stress, especially in unfamiliar or chaotic settings. Other signs might include panting, drooling, licking of lips or trying to hide. By leaving your dog at home – during school drop-offs, you can help ensure they remain in a calm and familiar environment.


Consider A Morning Walk Before the School


Take your pup on a quick morning walk. Not only does this start your day on a good note, it keeps you present and fresh air is good for you and your dog.


Adjusting to a new school year routine can be challenging, but remember, every family finds their rhythm eventually. Cheers to the new school year, filled with growth, learning, and plenty of paw-sitive moments!

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