Doggy Gone Wild: Dealing with separation anxiety when you go back to work!
Updated: Jan 13
Let’s face it, our dogs and us loved the quality time spent together during the stay home mandate. In fact, nearly all the shelters across the country with dogs and cats were fully adopted because many people had the time to dedicate to a new companion being welcomed into the home. What was not expected however, was the thought of some of these newly adopted shelter dogs or new puppies from the breeder to begin to develop certain separation anxiety behaviors.
Studies suggest that newly adopted pets from shelters or foster organizations have a higher rate of separation anxiety for a number of factors; some are believed to have exhibited separation anxiety before being relinquished to shelters and then the environment places higher stress on the pets. Transitioning pets into a new home environment is already stressful so efforts have to be made to help ease the stress of new routines.
Pets with existing separation anxiety or noise aversion ( pacing, excessive barking, jumping or hiding at loud noises, shaking, etc.) owners may be serving as social support unknowingly by overly comforting them when anxious. Although puppies may not necessarily be prone to separation anxiety, there are preventive things we can do to decrease the chances that puppy learns to fear the sound of a loud car exhaust or fearful being in their crate alone when you suddenly have to go back to work.
We have the ability to positively influence the wellbeing of our four legged companions by preparing our pet for the transition back into the workplace. Our Behavior Consultant will help your family transition your pets before you leave the house entirely. We’re here for you!
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