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During lockdown, more people have been working from home and although this has probably put a big smile on your canine companion's face, it could also lead to problems when you return to your normal work routine.
Here are our top tips for preventing separation anxiety.
Dogs are good at knowing your routine so anything that is ‘different’ for a long period of time can become their new routine. Start following the same routines as you would if you were going to work, for example; getting up at the same time every day.
You can still take your dog for walks, following government guidelines. Consider the best times of day to do this and where, so that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Dogs also benefit from mental stimulation so you could hide treats around your home and garden, so that they have to use their nose to find them.
If you are working from home and it is possible, work in a different room to your dog. It may be nice to look down and see your companion at your side, especially if you are used to having company in your office, but when you return to work, your dog could miss this attention.
Your dog may try to distract you to play or give them a fuss. It can be hard to resist, but responding teaches them that you are always available for them when they want you. This will stop when you return to work and this lack of contact when they want it, is one of the reasons dogs can suffer with anxiety.
Use other distraction techniques, like a Kong stuffed with food, for them to play with... kongcompany.com/lets-play/recipes
Here is a video from Adaptil to learn more about separation anxiety Adaptil Separation Anxiety Guide.