Finally, the world feels like it is opening back up. Now you have to go back to an office rather than work from home and getting your pets back into the routine has some challenges you may have to overcome.
Some pets will have separation anxiety and it has several possible symptoms. Here are some of the most common.
Urinating and Defecating
Some dogs urinate or defecate when left alone or separated from their family members. This usually happens shortly after you leave even if your dog has just recently been out and eliminated. This is a challenge, but we have a solution to help it not be too big of a problem. Our Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator makes clean up quick and easy. Blot the area, spray and lay a damp towel over the area. That’s it: spray, lay, walk away. Use some of the techniques in the article to combat the anxiety to help stop more accidents.
Barking and Howling
You don’t want to upset any neighbors, nor do you want any added stress on your dog.
Chewing or other destruction may also be exhibited when you leave to go to work. There are many puzzle toys for dogs that help keep them from being bored. Using their mind actually wears out a pet, allowing them to relax. Stuffed Kongs, or West Paw treat holders filled with peanut butter, yogurt, canned pumpkin, and fruit are a few favorites. Using a variety of different foods keeps the challenge interesting. Be sure to consult your vet on what safe and healthy foods you can give.
You also may see your dog has separation anxiety-induced Coprophagia. Read our blog to learn more about this.
So, what can you do to help your dog deal with your new schedule?
Don’t make a big deal out of when you leave and get home. It helps to even ignore the dog for just a few minutes when you come home. I know this is hard when they are so excited to see you but the calmer you can make your energy the calmer they will be. Then, after they calm a bit gently pet them.
Some experts suggest that you leave them an article of clothing you have recently worn will bring them comfort.
Another idea from the experts is to have a word that you use when you leave and that lets them know you will be back. I started using the term “Later Gator” when I leave.
I also like to leave DogTV on for them when I have to leave. It does seem to keep them happy and give them something to focus on. I have a code for you to try DogTV to see if keeps your dogs as happy as it keeps my two. Use this link to sign up for a free month.
One thing to keep in mind: Punishment doesn’t work and may make the situation worse so please try to use some of the ideas to make the transition a little easier for both of you.
These are our recommendations based on our experiences. If you’re ever in doubt, it’s always smart to check with your vet.
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