While many of us have been working from home due to Covid-19, for some, it is time to head back into the office. You have enjoyed the comfort of home and perhaps working in your pajamas, but your pets have enjoyed the companionship of having you home with them throughout the day. As you head back to the office, the transition could prove difficult for your pet. How do you retrain your pet to be comfortable on their own?
Your pets generally like a routine. In the days or weeks leading up to your transition back into the office environment, set up a regular routine of walks and feeding. As you start getting back in to your routine it will be important to also set up a routine for your pet.
Work in some alone time for your pet. It will be necessary for your pet to get used to not having your constant attention. The more you can start separating before the actual separation the easier it will be for your pet to get used to not having the constant attention of someone in the home.
Set up a calming environment. To keep your pet calm, it is important that you remain calm. Simple things like providing your pet with a toy when you leave, not making a fuss over leaving, and playing calming music will help set the tone.
Once you are back to the routine of being in your office, pay close attention to your pet’s behavior. If you notice that your pet’s behavior has changed, it might be necessary to make a visit to Applebrook. Some of the signs to look for include:
- Excessive vocalization
- Destructive behavior such as chewing and scratching
- Lack of control in their normally restrained bathroom habits
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