Will you be returning to the office soon? Learn how to prepare your pets for your transition back to the office!

❤️ One highlight of the pandemic has been the opportunity for many of us to spend more quality time with our favorite pets. Instead of rushing out the door every morning, we have been able to spend our working hours with our pets cuddled up beside us. We benefited from the ongoing unconditional love and companionship, and so did our pets.  

With more and more people being vaccinated, a lot of us will slowly head back to our offices, colleges, travel trips, and vacations. Now is the time to think about how you will help your dog or cat transition to more alone time to reduce his anxiety and loneliness. 

Some tips to prepare to minimize the disruption to your pet’s routine: 

🐶 Start leaving the house more frequently and with longer durations. This will help your pet get used to the idea of you being away, and that you always come back.

🐱 Familiarize your pet with the rituals you had in place before – like giving a treat when leaving or playing with them at a certain time of day. Adjust their feeding and walking schedule to your working schedule. This will help them adapt to the new time constraints.

🐶 If you crate your dog, start reintroducing it when you leave for short periods or even when you are home. Let them get used to not being by your side all day.

🐱 Tire them out mentally and make sure they get enough exercise to help reduce separation anxiety. 

🐶 If you are going back to a pet daycare or using a dog walker, start introducing it again in small doses. 

🐱 If you notice your pet starts exhibiting anxiety or troublesome behaviors, speak to a pet trainer or your vet.

With a little pre-planning, we can all make our transitions back to work or school a smooth one!