Returning To Work? Prepare Your Dog

Don't Leave For Work!

Our four-legged friends won’t be able to understand Boris when he tells us it’s time to go back to work and resume our normal lives! And after spending countless days in your company and having undivided attention, your woof is likely to see you leave for work and think “Where are you going? Take me with you”?... This might result in your beloved pooch having separation anxiety! With that being said, we wanted to share our top 5 tips on how to ease your dog back into a new solo routine and to help try and alleviate any separation anxiety they might develop.

We know this might be tough! One, you don't really want to go back to work, and two, you love your pooches company as much as they love yours - even on those all-important conference calls when they're barking at the postman!... Nonetheless, we are here to help. So here are some tips on how to combat post-quarantine separation anxiety...

 

Routine Changes

Gradually change the timings of your dog’s routine to how it will eventually be. If the time you feed or walk your dog has changed due to lockdown, then slowly begin to change it back to how it was. Doing this can ease your pooch back into routine and prevent them from experiencing frustration and anxiety when their daily schedule suddenly doesn’t match what they’ve come to expect.

An extra-long walk in the morning will also tire your pooch out! And make sure they go to the toilet whilst you're out... That way your pooch will be ready for a day of relaxation!

Morning Walkies!

 

Owner who?...

Make your dog’s time apart from you enjoyable by keeping them entertained while you’re not there with ‘enrichment toys’. Dog toys such as the KONG range are great for keeping your woofs entertained for long periods of time! Other great entertainers include the Joules (save your slippers) rubber welly dog toy. GENIUS.

Dog Toys!

Background Noise

Try leaving the TV on when you leave your dog alone, there are some great YouTube channels that are dedicated to creating calming videos that you can leave running while you’re out. Give the TV For Dogs channel a try, even the colours have been adapted for dogs' eyes for optimal viewing!  Or leaving a radio on in the background is also another great idea (another funny meme for you here). 

 

Encourage Independence

As tough as it may be to have time apart from your dog, it's good to encourage independence whilst you're at home. Why? Because then your beloved pooch doesn't associate you leaving the house every morning as the only time! You can give your pooch dog food puzzles, toys, or even hide treats in a separate room to reinforce the benefits of alone time. Secondly, It’s a good idea to let your dog settle down before you leave your dog if you are still working on separation training.  If you take your dog out to the toilet, do a training session, or play with them just before you leave the house. But ensure they're settled before you leave!... If you don't, it could cause your dog to be more stressed when you leave them. This is because there becomes a huge contrast between what it’s like when you are home and when you are gone.  Instead, wait a couple of minutes for your dog to settle down before leaving.

 

Calming Treats

We stock a few products which can help calm your dog before leaving them. Try the Animology Paws & Relax Calming Aromatherapy Spray which is sprayed directly onto your dog’s coat, it’s infused with lavender and camomille and has a built-in conditioner too - bonus! The Pooch & Mutt, Calm & Relaxed Treats are also great for anxious dogs as they help your dog be relaxed and calm through the use of Chamomile and Valerian Root which are known for their calming qualities.

Pooch & Mutt Calm & Relaxed!

It's crucial to introduce changes gradually and in a positive way. Finally, Another great hack is to leave your dog with something that has your scent on so they can smell you all day and be reassured you’re coming back - but maybe not your favourite shoe! A used towel will work just as well... 

We hope that helps! Good luck going back to work