Back to school means a transition for dogs

Is your dog ready for back to school? With summer coming to an end, domestic schedules will be changing and dogs used to spending a lot of time outside with the family will have to adjust like everyone else.

Veterinarian Ernie Ward, founder and president of the Association for Pet Obesity, has some suggestions for making this transition with your dog:

  • Get your dog used to being alone again by leaving the house for longer periods of time each day the last week or two before school starts.
  • Leave favorite toys around so when your dog wakes up, they can find something to play with.
  • Leave an old T-shirt you've worn (but not washed) by your dog's bed so they'll smell you and feel secure even if you're not there.
  • Give your dog a lot of extra attention by taking him for a long walk as often as you can, to help avoid the dreaded post-summer weight gain for both of you.

For information on obesity risks and ideal weight ranges for cats and dogs, visit

Relocating Americans also have to move their pets. was founded to provide custom services and consumer information to those moving with four cats, one Newfoundland or 16 parakeets. And yes, the site will help you move your turtle to Tallahassee and make sure it's legal to do so, too.

The interactive site lists its services of door-to-door transportation, both national and international, including flight bookings, customs clearance and delivery. There are also personal experiences and tips on a blog, and the site can alert you to issues such as helping pets cope with the stress of moving and finding a pet-friendly airline.

You can watch a YouTube video about picking out your pet's airline-approved travel crate, sign up for Twitter updates from (at)petrelocation (including insider info such as where to find a good pet-relief area outside LaGuardia Airport in New York) or link up with other pet owners on the move at a social networking site.

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