For some businesses, working from home is coming to a close, and it’s almost time to head back to work. Soon the days of spending the entire day with you furry best friend will be coming to an end. Getting back into your own work schedule away from home will be a big change – your pets will need help adjusting as well.
After spending so much time at home, your pet might experience some stress when his playmates suddenly aren’t around during the day. If that stress isn’t properly addressed, it can lead to separation anxiety and even behavioral issues in your pet. So we have a few tips for helping your pet adjust to your back to work schedule.
One of the best things you can do to help your pet adjust is to ease into the transition. A couple of weeks or days before you head back to work, start your mornings the same as you will once it does begin, changing your pet’s feeding and walking routines to fit your work schedule. Your pet will experience less confusion and stress if the new schedule is introduced over time.
If you will be away for long periods of time, ease into this transition as well. Prepare your pet by leaving the house for short periods of time, gradually extending the time you’re gone. This will help prevent separation anxiety when you are suddenly away from the house for a large portion of the day.
As you settle back into your working away from home routine, be sure to leave some time for playing with your pet when you are home. Block out twenty minutes of the day to play fetch, go on a walk, or simply spend time with your furry family member. When you’re away, be sure to provide plenty of toys and activities to keep your pet entertained throughout the day. Your pet’s boredom could lead to some unsuitable behaviors.
If your pet is having a hard time adjusting and howls, meows, or paces when you leave in the mornings, don’t punish their behavior. Punishing these behaviors can make the situation worse. Instead, try to deter this behavior by sending your pet to daycare or giving new toys to ensure he or she is getting enough attention. If these behaviors persist give us a call at (843) 795-7574 or book an appointment by downloading PetDesk.