Are your pets ready for you to go back to work?
Tips for the transition
Whether you have dogs or cats, young or old, have they gotten used to having you home?
A sudden change of everybody home all day to gone all day, can lead to some serious behavior problems or even depression. Anything from accidents in the house, chewing, or not eating. Prepare them now! Here are a few tips
You and your family probably haven’t left the house for an extended period of time for Months. Start transitioning you and your pets now, with Columbus opening more, both you and they, need to be ready. Leave safe treats on the ground and while your dogs are eating them, walk out the door. Don’t say goodbye (like most of us do) just leave. Come back in, in a couple of minutes. Next time leave for 10 minutes, go for a little walk or bike ride. Do this a couple of times a day extending the time you are gone each time. Go to the beach, go to eat at a local restaurant, etc. They need to be prepared to get back to normal.
If your dogs have been in daycare but haven’t been since you’ve been home, get them back! This is “their normal”. If they have not tried doggie daycare, no better time than the present! It can make life happier for them, and you.
MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMFORTABLE AND FEEL SAFE, HURRICANE SEASON IS UPON US
Make sure your dog is left in a safe space that they are accustom to, no matter where that spot is, except for outside! Leave on a radio or TV even if you never have. Your pets are used to hearing you all day, don’t leave them in silence. This also helps with muffling the sound of thunder or even a garbage truck.
Are they still nervous? There are many aids to help with anxiety including calming supplements and Thundershirts, both can generally do the trick and available both online or your local pet Store. If things still seem a bit off and are just not working, seek your Veterinarian’s advice for a behavior consultation.
WATCH FOR STRANGE AND UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR
Yes, dogs and cats can have separation anxiety, how will you know? Here is what to look for…
- Using the bathroom in the house
- Excessively barking when you leave the house
- Chewing up anything and everything
- Peeing in the middle of your bed
- Cling to you and follow you everywhere when you are home and start to panic when they think you are leaving
These are key clues that your pets have an anxiety disorder. Don’t punish them, they truly can’t help it, and unless you catch them in the act, dogs will forget what they did anyway, so they won’t understand what they did wrong. Again, there are solutions available and it may take a little bit to find the perfect one for your pet(s).
When you are home put away the cell phone and pay attention to them! Take them for a walk, early morning, or late in the day. Play ball or tug with them. Let them know you love them and when you get home, let that time be their time.
From all of us at Paws Humane Society, to all of you, we want you and your pets to be the happiest and healthiest you and they can be!