Has your dog gotten used to you working from home over the past year? With many people slated to return to the office after a lengthy span of working from home, even the best behaved dogs may experience some separation anxiety. With a little effort and consistency, you can help make the transition to leaving your dog home alone again as painless as possible for both of you.
Ease Into It
When you know you’re heading back to the office, start getting your dog adjusted to you being gone little by little. Start with short increments of time, and gradually increase the time away until it approximates the length of a work day. If you’re short on time to adjust, try several shorter trips away in the course of a day to bring your dog up to speed.
Tire Them Out
There’s no better way to keep a dog well-behaved than to get them to expend excess energy. Make sure your dog is getting plenty of daily exercise, and, ideally, a nice long walk and play session before you leave for the day. It’s a bit of an adjustment in the morning, but a tired pup is a happy pup!
Consider Crate Training
Crate training is a great way to keep your dog calm and secure while you’re away. Dogs naturally like to retreat to a den, so having a safe, comfortable place for them to rest can help ease the transition to more time alone. Crate training is a gradual process, so make sure your dog has plenty of time to adjust and gets lots of active time outside the crate when you’re home.
Schedule Play Dates
Keeping dogs socialized is an important part of keeping them happy and healthy. A play date or trip to doggie daycare a few times a week will keep them active and social, and give them plenty of ways to expend energy.
Enlist Your Vet’s Help
High-anxiety pups may need a little extra help. Consult with your veterinarian, as they may be able to recommend a medication or over-the-counter supplement that will help your dog stay calm while you’re away.
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