With more pet parents getting vaccinated, many will soon head back to the office for the first time in nearly a year. For pets, who love habits, this may be a tough transition. So, if you are among those going back to work soon, make sure you prepare the transition with your fur baby.
How to help pets cope and prevent stress in your pets:
- Establish a routine. Your routine is very different now than when you’ll be back to work at the office. Your dog is used to having you home. If you suddenly leave the house and let your pet alone, separation anxiety can be triggered. Get back into a routine now so that both you and your dog can be fully acclimated before you need to be at work.
- Gradually increase the amount of time you’re away. The first days you “disappear” for 8-10 hours to work should not be the first time your pet is alone. Start leaving your pet for short periods of time now. Running an errand or taking a walk around the block without your pet will avoid an abrupt shift from being with your pet 24/7 to being gone all day long.
- Keep arrivals and departures calm. While there is nothing like a happy welcome from your pet after a long day, extended goodbyes and very excited homecomings only increase separation anxiety. Don’t make a big deal of your comings and goings to avoid separation anxiety.
- Make A Veterinary Appointment. If you’ve let your pet’s vaccines lapse over the past few months, now is the time to get them updated before you have less time and that your schedule becomes more formalized.
- Keep your pet busy. We know how it feels to stay home alone for a whole day. Pets don’t like it either. Keep your pet active physically AND mentally: go for walks, play with your pet with mentally stimulating toys as many times as possible.
Of course, we’re always here for you and your pet. Our custom daycare and training programs can help both you and your dog to get ready for that first day of you going back to work. From our Classic Daycare, Ultimate Daycare, and our dog training programs, you can choose what your dog enjoys most and keep your four-legged friend active.