8 After-School Activities For Kids and Dogs
By Helen Anne Travis
After the lazy months of summer, life is in full swing again when school starts. Calendars are already filling up with football practices, band rehearsals and PTA meetings.
Everyone has a ton of things to do. Except the family dog.
Suddenly she has the whole house to herself.
“Dogs suffer tremendously at this time of the year,” says Brian Hellwig, co-owner of Priceless Pet Services, a New York City doggie day care and lifestyle center.
It’s not just an anecdote. Studies have proven dogs miss us when we’re too caught up in everyday life to give them the attention they crave.
To help everyone in the family get the most out of the few precious hours not devoted to work, school, homework and commuting, here are eight after-school activities you can do with your children and pets.
“The most important component of all of the activities is spending quality time together,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack of Animal Acupuncture in New York City. “Healthy relationships are based on shared positive experiences.”