Wet Nose Wednesday: How To Prep Your Pet For Your Return To The Office

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This has really been on my mind with Leo, since I adopted him during stay-at-home. I’ve been getting ready for when I get back into the station full-time with a slow introduction to alone time.

While pets we had pre-COVID should deal with you being away easier, the ones we got during quarantine may be confused, according to experts. Some, if you’re lucky, will look at you being gone as cherished quiet time.

Either way, you should prep your pooch for the return to normalcy. Here’s how:

  • Practice their independence in small steps then make the duration longer. Put them in a separate room to get acclimated to being alone. Leave for errands and leave them at home.
  • Set your pet up with a familiar, safe space that’s cozy.
  • Desensitize them to departure cues like keys jingling.
  • Don’t fuss over goodbyes and hellos. It may be tempting.. but don’t.
  • Carve out pre-work quality time with your pet. A walk is great for a dog.
  • Continue to be consistent with leaving them treats and toys even after the transition phase.
  • If you’re gone for extended periods, have a friend or dogwalker check in on them.
  • Leave soothing background noise or 101.5 K-Hits on for them to enjoy.
  • If the dog misbehaves while you’re gone, do not punish them. Punishment can have the opposite affect and they won’t understand what you’re punishing them for since it’s after the fact.

Source: Huffington Post

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