Easing Pet Separation Anxiety When You Go Back To Work
If there are winners in Shelter In Place orders, they are sure to be pets. With most Americans spending 25-75% more time at home than they did before the pandemic, a nation of dogs and cats has more time with their human companions than they ever thought possible.
But what happens when the economies reopen and most of us go back to our offices and workplaces?
Separation anxiety is already a problem for many animals, especially dogs, and the current state of affairs only exacerbates these negative effects.
We scoured the internet on how to serve your four legged family members. The experts say this:
1. OBSERVE YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR
“Suddenly the dogs aren’t getting the email that it’s working again or whatever this new normal is …
I worry that we’ll see a lot of separation anxiety. “
– Steve Dale, Certified Animal Behavior Advisor
Not all dogs suffer from separation anxiety, and not all dogs respond equally to their change in schedule. Here are some things that can help calm and groom your dog if you know he has had separation anxiety in the past:
- Pheromone products
- Nutraceutical products
- Comfort vest
If your dogs have never had separation anxiety issues in the past, here are some signs to look out for as you leave your home and return to your normal routine:
- Dogs howl or cry when their owners leave their homes
- Home-trained dogs that have accidents around the house
- Dogs dig at the door or “try to escape”
Read more about this here.
2. KEEP THE ROUTINES IN PLACE
“If you keep them in a box while you work, you should still keep them in a box while you are at home.”
– Melody Whitworth, President of Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue
Experts agree that routines are critical to your dog’s happiness and health. If you normally let your dog run at regular intervals, don’t change this routine just because you are home. If you usually have your dog in a yard or crate at certain times of the day, keep to the same schedule.
Read more tips and tricks here.
3. Prepare to return to workK.
“Most pets don’t like sudden and abrupt changes. Instead, try to get your pet ready now and get them back into their ‘normal’ routine more easily,” Metiva said in a statement.
– Janelle Metiva CPDT-KA, specialist in dog behavior at the Best Friends Animal Society
In order to prepare the dogs for a little more time on their own again, Metiva suggests the following steps:
- Create a space where pets can relax on their own (ideally this is the quietest part of the house).
- Offer your dog an enrichment that you can enjoy independently, e.g. B. hidden delicacies in boxes, food puzzles, filled kongs, etc.
- Soothing music or a white noise device can be extremely pleasant and calming for dogs – play them when you are out of the room so your pet is never “alone”.
- Reward your dog for self-sufficient, positive behavior (especially if he’s usually clingy)
- Practice walking for short periods of time to run important errands or go for a walk
Complete re-acclimatization plan here.
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