The Vet Experts
4 Ways to Prep you Four-Legged Companion for Your Return to Work
Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Due to COVID-19, most of us are spending much, much more time at home. Whether you are working at home, spending time with your loved ones or roommates, our pets are very aware that we are home far more frequently.
Our pets are likely confused as to this drastic lifestyle change, but they are probably also very happy about it. One thing that's for sure is that some people have started returning to their work offices despite not being entirely sure when life will go back to normal.
Regardless of what kind of work you do, you may not have considered that this is yet another dramatic shift for you pet who has become accustom to spending time with you - this is why it is imperative that you help your dog get back into this routine.
1. Leave Them In Their Crates for Periods of Time
Crate training your dog can be a really valuable thing to do as you prepare your friend for longer stretches of time without you being home. Many dogs like their crates and consider them a safe space. While it may seem mean to put them in their crates and leave them, placing blankets, toys, and treats, can help make this area a favorable experience for them.
This will help your dog become more accustomed to you not be around all of the time. Especially if you're trying to get your dog's bathroom breaks on a schedule. Start out gradually, so they aren't shocked by it. You can even put an old or worn out shirt that has your scent on it in their cage to provide some extra comfort.
2. Create a Routine
Similarly to crate training them, creating a routine for your pet is very important. When it comes to structure and routine, we as people strive in this environment, and so do our pets. When you first wake up, take your dog out, feed them, then begin your day. Creating a routine, especially one that's conducive to your work routine, can help your pet learn what to expect.
3. Keep Activities For After Work Hours
A mid-afternoon walk might be what you're used to now, but if you know you're going to get back to work soon, it's best to refrain from midday activity for your pet so they don't get too used to it. Maintain all your walks, playtimes, and dog park visits for after work hours so your dog knows when to expect all the fun activities.
4. Shower Them With Love Once Work is Done
One of the best parts of having a dog is seeing them after work or whenever you get home from being out. While working from home for the time being, when your work day is complete, shower your pet with love. Not only can this help you to stay happy, but it also shows your dog that you care for them and even gives them a reward to anticipate at the day's end.
Companion Veterinary & Urgent Care Center loves all our pets so much, which is why we want to express the importance in keeping them in tune with the changes in your schedule.
From wellness and routine visits to emergency vet services, we're here for you and your furry friend's needs. Until we see you again, stay safe and stay healthy!