Like it or not, many of us will return to the office soon. The ones who may like it the least: our pets.
Why it matters: When our pandemic-imposed routines change, dogs and cats can act out and misbehave.
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Here are six tips to help our furry companions, courtesy of Erin Wyse, an animal behaviorist:
Create a new routine: Begin a walking and feeding schedule that matches your in-person work day. And “slowly wean them off your constant company,” Wyse says.
Start gradually: Before leaving them alone all day, try a few hours and then slowly increase the time. (If possible, begin acclimating them a month in advance.) A treat on the way out the door will “condition your pet to find it rewarding when you leave,” she says.
Keep them entertained: A toy or foraging for treats can keep them from becoming bored. The TV or music also may work. Pets also feel less lonely if they can look outside.
Exercise: A good walk to burn off energy before you go is key.
Keep calm: Pets can pick up on your anxiety, so be low-key in saying goodbye, Wyse says.
Reach out: The vet can help you with a trainer and prescribe medication if needed.
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