Helping Your Dog Cope with Separation Anxiety: Tips and Advice
How to Assist Your Dog in Dealing with Separation Anxiety
As many of us head back to work after working from home, some of our dogs are getting a bit of separation anxiety.
If you’re worried about leaving your dog alone and want to ease their stress, read on for some simple tips from me.
Why Do Dogs Get Stressed When We Go Back to Work?
The sudden change in routine is what stresses our dogs the most. During quarantine, they got used to having us around all the time, and now we’re not. So, how can we help them cope?
Start Kenneling Your Dog Early
If you haven’t kenneled your dog before, start by introducing short periods in the kennel. Begin when you’re at home, maybe in the same room, to make it less intimidating. Then, gradually increase the time they spend in the kennel. This way, they’ll get used to the new routine of you going to work.
Quality Time is Still Important
Even if you’re busy, remember to spend quality time with your dog. Try to schedule at least two 15-minute sessions doing activities your dog loves, whether it’s going for a walk, playing fetch, or teaching them tricks.
Socialization for Puppies
For young pups, socialization is key. It helps them get used to being around other dogs and people. But don’t forget to teach them to settle down when needed. Playtime is essential, but so is learning to relax.
Teaching Basic Commands
Start with commands like sit, stay, and calm down. Dogs are quick learners.
Use Toys and Treats for Motivation
Some dogs love toys, while others may be more treat-driven. Use what motivates your dog to reinforce good behavior and teach them what you expect.
Train Walk Poop Can Help
If you’re thinking about getting your dog trained or need someone to babysit for the day, consider reaching out to us. We offer daycare for dogs of all ages, which can break up their day and keep them entertained.
In conclusion, helping your dog cope with separation anxiety as you head back to work is all about gradual adjustment, quality time, and understanding their needs.
With a little patience and love, your dog will adapt to the new routine in no time. And remember, they’ll always be excited to welcome you back home with wagging tails and lots of love.
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