How to ease your pet’s anxiety when you return to your office after working from home



With the restart of the economy and companies opening their doors, more people will return to work.

For many pet owners who have been forced to stay home during this pandemic, they have spent precious time with their furry four-legged family member.

“Chances are, you’ve broken all the routines you’ve had with your pet in the past few months. You need to reinstall that,” said Michael Morefield of the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

With the state’s order to stay home nearing completion, officials with the Arizona Animal Welfare League say it is important to prepare your dog or cat for his absence when he returns to work.

Authorities say pet owners should establish a routine as soon as possible, even before returning to work.

Authorities also say pet owners should start spending time alone by boxing them in or leaving the house for short periods.

“Maybe you’ve been feeding them at different times of the day. Maybe you’ve been taking walks or extra playtime throughout the day and really going back to that as you used to have. It’s a good way to prepare them for success.” Morefield said.

AAWL officials say it is important to avoid returning to work for an eight-hour period, because it can be extremely difficult for your pet, which is used to keeping it at home.

“Cold turkey is the worst way you could integrate your normal behavior back into your life,” Morefield said. “That will cause problems that could cause destructive behavior and emotional strain on your pet, and affect your relationship with your pet that has passed through its years of development.”

AAWL experts say that if those misbehaviors appear, use positive reinforcement simply by working on that routine. They recommend puzzle toys and toys that can keep them concerned about mental stimulation while you’re away.

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