CHARLOTTE – A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the possible difficulties that some pet parents may face if/when they transition back to their workplace. As the world slowly but surely starts getting back to what we used to consider “normal,” fur babies who came into our homes and lives during the COVID-19 pandemic may experience some separation anxiety with people leaving the house to go out and about more and more. Camille Asmer, owner of Sit, Stay, Play Dog Training in Charlotte and certified Fear Free trainer, has provided us with some insight and tips to help your pet adjust during this time.
“I feel like the best way to help pets adjust – dogs in particular- is to plan ahead.” Asmer points out that it’s ideal to leave dogs alone for small amounts of time, especially when first trying to transition back to your workplace, and find ways to help your fur baby be more comfortable. Some helpful ideas are to make sure your pup has gotten to release some of his or her energy through physical and mental exercise, like a good sniff walk before leaving and puzzle toys for meals or treats.
Lastly, understanding that separation anxiety is a true fear is essential. “When a dog has separation anxiety, it’s crucial to be able to recognize those behavior signs, as they are different than that of a spoiled dog, a bored dog, or a dog looking for trouble,” says Asmer. For more information about Sit, Stay, Play Dog Training or to schedule an online consultation with Camille visit https://www.sspdogtraining.com/.
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