Keeping Pets and Kids Active During the Lazy Days of Summer
After months of frenzied school activities, your little ones are now home for the summer and your family's hectic schedule has wound down. But now what's going to keep your kids and pets busy — and out of trouble? Here are some great ideas to keep children, canines and felines happy during the sunshine-filled months ahead.
1. Read Together
Just because the summer is here doesn't mean kids should stop learning. In fact, reading is a great way to keep up their academic skills for the upcoming school year. Designate some time for your little ones to read their favorite books to your pooch or kitty. Scientific research has shown that the presence of a pet helps kids improve their reading skills because pets won't judge them. And your furry friend will enjoy all the attention.
2. Increase Kids' Pet-Care Responsibilities
Now that school activities aren't taking up most of your child's time, get her more involved with your furry friend's care. Kids can be assigned duties like litter box scooping, dog walking, basic grooming and feeding to ensure that your pet's needs are always being properly met. If you have a fenced yard, then youngsters can bring dogs out for potty breaks.
3. Have Training Sessions
Summer learning is fun for pets, too. Have children tune-up your pooch's training using treats as rewards. Work on basic obedience commands like "Sit," "Stay," "Leave it" and "Come." Teach your child to say the command once and then hand the pup a treat — like Milk-Bone® Soft & Chewy Beef & Filet Mignon Recipe treats — if he performs the desired action.
Did you know you can use these same methods to train your feline companion, too? But make sure you're using a cat-specific treat like Meow Mix Irresistibles® Crunchy With Salmon & Ocean Whitefish instead.
4. Don't Forget Nap Time
Little kids need naps, and bigger kids often love any chance to snooze, which is good because both canines and felines need plenty of sleep as well. Dogs need an average of 14 hours of sleep per day, while kitties need up to 20 hours. A scheduled nap time in the middle of their busy day of activities lets your child share some snuggles with the family pet and helps the two of them bond. Let them snuggle together or close to each other with pet beds in your kid's room.
What kinds of activities do you have planned this summer for your little ones and four-legged buddies? Share your awesome suggestions below!
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