With much of the workforce now headed back to the physical work locations for their daily duties – many pet owners are worried about the emotional and behavioral effects it could have on their pets after a year of seeing and being in the home with them all day.
If you’ve been asked to head back to the office and feel uneasy about leaving your dog home all day – here are a few tips to help you both get through it.
Once you’ve received your return to work date from your employer, it’s important to start practicing and conditioning your pet to what being home all alone is like again. Allow them to adjust slowly by giving them some days where you leave the house for a few hours and remind them what it’s like. It won’t be a full 8 hour workday in the beginning and you’ll both be able to test the waters a bit before the start back date arrives.
Leave Your Scent Behind
For dogs that you know are already and get super anxious you could also try the above recommendation and add in a shirt that you’ve worn for them to cuddle with. Your scent can sometimes help soothe their anxieties and feel like you are close – even if you physically aren’t.
Be Patient and Understanding
Just as many of us are not feeling so great about changing our lifestyles again in a post-pandemic world, dogs need their time to process and relearn and be okay with it too. If your pup has more accidents in the house or shreds things – try to be a little more understanding and patient with them as they readjust.