The Top 5 Back-to-School Essentials for Dogs in 2019


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The kids are officially back to school, but what about your dog? Dogs thrive on routine, and adjusting to a new back-to-school schedule can be difficult or frustrating for many dogs.

Help her adjust to the fall season by slowly easing her into the new routine, gradually introducing new aspects of a new schedule a few weeks before classes start. Continue to offer plenty of regular exercise. And don’t forget your dog during back to school shopping! (Read more about how to prepare your dog for back to school.)

Consider one of these back to school toys or accessories to keep her busy, curious, or just plain cute as she waits for the kids to come home. We tried all of these out with dogs at the Rover office, and they approved. See their adorable photo shoot below!

Back to School Dog Essentials

Modeled by Olive the Boston beauty

A Boston terrier sits wearing a dog rain slicker

It’s a season of change, and this water-resistant slicker offers your dog protection from the elements when the weather turns and you’re out enjoying a kid-free walk.

Available in sizes from XS to XXL, this adjustable, harness friendly raincoat is also impossibly adorable.

Buy Now on Amazon for $49.99-54.99

Modeled by Ringo the Aussie pup

A cattle dog sits wearing a dog backpack

With plenty of room for poop bags, snacks, and even a tennis ball, this backpack harness is an easy, stylish way to walk your dog and allows you to stay hands-free, too. Best for dogs from 15–40 pounds.

Buy Now on Bark Industry for $56.99

A dog lays on the floor with a waffle squeaker toy in their mouth

Don’t forget: breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Toss this waffle-printed canvas squeaker toy to your dog when she’s feeling bored or anxious to lift her spirits and start a fun game of fetch.

Buy Now on Amazon for $14.99-54.99

Featuring Shirley the senior pug

A pug sits at a desk with her apple back to school dog toy

This apple toy is the perfect size for tossing, chewing, and might even make a great pillow for those mid-day naps. (It’s also great for teachers who love dogs!)

Buy Now on Amazon for $8.95

Featuring Coconut the playful Samoyed

A Samoyed plays with her crayon back to school dog toy

Calling all doodlers! This polyester burrow crayon box helps keep your dog stimulated and engaged as she tries to get the crayons, each with its own squeaker, out of the box.

Buy Now on Chewy for $15.39

Looking for more ways to entertain your dog while the family is away? There are many ways to keep your dog happy and engaged while you’re at work or school, from puzzle toys to a fun day at a local doggy daycare.

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