Going back to work after the summer holidays or for the first time after lockdown?
Notice a change in your dog?
Here’s what you need to know to ease them back into ‘normal’ routines…
As we all know it has been a long route to ‘back to normal’ with most of us working from home for well over a year. If you are going back to work and your pets aren’t used to it, please follow these guidelines to help your pets settle back into ‘normality’ again.
1. Leave them in a secure area. Puppies - in their crates or in a pen area. Adult dogs in the kitchen or living room, making sure to shut any areas you don’t want them to be in. Dogs can even make a mess in the bathroom, especially with all that important toilet paper, so keep doors closed. We learnt this mistake ourselves with our own puppy, Molly… she just loves ripping up toilet paper!
2. Make sure you leave the TV, smart speaker or radio on. This provides background noise and can really help your pet settle.
3. Leave your dogs with something to do. Freeze a kong (dog friendly peanut butter works well for a filling or even try some wet dog food). Freezing a kong will make it last 5x longer than normal. Our dog Molly takes about an hour to finish one off.
4. Leave them with all their toys and a comfy bed (or the sofa, if they choose it). So that they are as comfortable as they can be. For puppies, you can even leave them with a recently worn t-shirt, as it will smell like you and act as a comfort to them.
5. When you start leaving your pets, start off slowly by leaving them for short amounts of time and build it up! Start with 5 minutes (especially if they are puppies), 10 minutes, 15 minutes and so on and so on.
6. If you are leaving them all day, try getting a dog walker in to walk them midday. This is where we come in (Millie and Friends Pet Services)! All the dogs in our care really enjoy walks and it helps to break up the day. We even do puppy visits twice daily, as puppies can’t ‘hold it in’ for as long as adult dogs do. If you are interested, please give us a message on our contact us section or call us on 07973129050.
7. Alternatively, you can try using a doggy day care if you are worried about leaving them all day in the house alone. Doggy day cares are great, but can get a little expensive, so proper research is needed before you send your dog there. Most day cares will do a trial day or half day beforehand to assess your dog’s suitability.
We hope this blog helps you start getting your dog back used to normal again.
If you have any questions or want to contact us please give us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07973129050.