How To Help Your Pets When You Go Back To Work

Wicker and Wilde

Wicker and Wilde love, love, LOVE their dogs (and Wilde, her cats, too) who have been super happy to have had us home more often.  And what about those of us who are working from home? A lot of people adopted dogs during the COVID era. Now that some are heading back to work, our pets will not like it. .  

Being at home with Fluffy and Spot has been destressing during these trying times, but now we have to handle our pets’ stress. And it's not that they are being melodramatic.  Imagine a toddler who will miss you terribly when you're gone.  Pets will start to display some naughty behavior as we leave them for long periods of time. To prevent you from getting angry, here are some tips on how to help your furry pal be less anxious.

Remember - it’s not about you. It’s about the sudden change in their routine.  Dogs and cats love routine.

- Punishment is not the answer

- Praise won’t help either

- Make it a point to give your pet lots of exercise and mental stimulation

- Make your leaving the house a low key event

- Practice short absences, and you can start with as little as a few minutes and work up from there if your dog is especially needy.

- Use plug in calming devices that release pheromones

- Leave a piece of your worn clothing with them

- Leave an activity for your fur baby to do - you can even leave the tv or radio on to keep them company.  Wicker and Wilde will even say hi to them on-air if you want!:)

- If the separation anxiety is severe, consult a vet for supplements or a trainer, especially if they know behavior too.