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Most of us are spending a lot more time at home. Whether you’re working from home or just safely spending time with your family or roommates, our pets are definitely noticing that we are home more often. At first, they may have been confused, but now they are probably used to it. While we’re not exactly sure when life will return to normal, one thing that is sure is that people are starting to return to their work offices. No matter what type of work you do, you may not be spending as much time at home and it’s important that you help your dog get back to that routine. In this blog post, we will be going over some tips and tricks that you can implement into your daily routine to help get your dog used to the new schedule changes. Keep reading to learn more! 

 

Leave Them In Their Crates For Periods of Time 

Crate training your dog can be a very helpful thing to do, as you help prepare your furry friend for a new schedule. While it may seem mean to put them in their crates and leave them, many dogs like their crates and almost consider them a safe space or home. Placing soft blankets, familiar toys, and treats, can help make this place a positive experience. This will help your dog get used to the fact that you may not be around all the time. Especially if you’re wanting to get your dog’s bathroom schedule back on track. Start out slowly, so that you don’t shock them. You can even place an old or worn shirt that has your scent on it and place it in their crate to give them some comfort. 

 

Create A Routine

Similarly to crate training them, setting up a routine for your pet is essential. As humans, we strive on structure and routine and our pets are no different. Right when you wake up, take them out, feed them, and then start your day. Creating a routine, especially one that is conducive to your usual work routine can help your pet know what to expect. This can help them get used to holding their bladder or bowels, so it’s not as big of a shock. 

 

Keep Activities For After Work Hours

A mid-afternoon walk may be what you’re used to now, but if you know you’re going to have to go back to work soon. Keep all of your walks, playtimes, and dog park visits to after work hours. This way your dog can expect all of the fun activities later in the day. 

 

Shower Them With Love Once You’ve Finished Work

One of the best parts of having a dog is seeing them after work or when you get home. Shower your pet with love once your work day is done. Not only can this help keep you happy, but it shows your dog that you care about them and even gives them a reward to look forward to at the end of the day! 

 

We love our pets so much, which is why it’s important to help acquaint them with the change of your new schedule. Not only will this help them, but it can also help you. You won’t have to worry about running home in the middle of the day to let your dog out if they’re already used to it! At VetCare Pet Clinic, we are here for all your pet needs. While we are open for emergency services, please connect with us over the phone before bringing your pet in. We hope you’re all staying healthy and can’t wait to see you!