Over the past couple of years many dog owners found themselves working from home but now several are making the shift back to the office. For both the dog and the owner, this could potentially be a difficult adjustment. Here are a few things you can do to ease into this transition.
You can build up their tolerance to being alone by leaving the house for short periods and slowly increase the length of time you are away. Don’t make a big deal out of leaving, keep it low-key and calm. Pay attention to your dog’s behaviors to see if they are exhibiting any anxiety. If so, you may wish to reach out to a professional who specializes in pet behavior for their advice.
Make sure they are still getting enough mental and physical exercise. Get them out for a walk in the morning before you go to work and another when you get home. You might also consider hiring someone to stop by for an afternoon bathroom break and exercise.
Some of you may be contemplating doggie daycare. This can provide many benefits however this is not the answer for all pups. While some may thrive in this environment, some may not be comfortable or have the appropriate temperament for a daycare setting.
Choosing someone to look after your dog is not a task that should be taken lightly. You can always start with a recommendation from someone you trust, such as a family member or your veterinarian, but do some research and figure out who is the best fit for you and your dog. Do you want to leave him at home where things are familiar, or would you like to leave him at a facility where he might have more supervision?
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Here are some helpful tips to consider when looking for a pet sitter, daycare, or boarding facility
Applicable for all three:
- Can they provide proof of insurance and are they bonded?
- What kind of training do they have? (e.g., basic care, animal behavior/body language, first aid, etc.)
- What are their emergency plans for injuries or sickness
- What type of corrections do they use, if any?
- Have them meet your dog to see how they interact with them. Is your dog comfortable with them?
- Do they have a backup if they become ill while caring for your dog?
- Will they walk your dog and have playtime?
- Do they have a contract listing fees and services?
- Does the facility look and smell clean?
- Is the fencing secure and is the area hazard free?
- Is there enough staff to ensure safety?
- Are pets required to be current on their vaccinations, including the vaccine for canine kennel cough (Bordetella)?
- Do they conduct temperament tests to assess each dog’s behavior and personality before accepting them?
- What type of activities do they provide?
- Is there a rest time?
- Will your dog be crated at any time?
- Does each dog have his own adequately sized kennel?
- Is there sufficient ventilation and light? What temperature do they maintain?
- Is there an indoor-outdoor run or schedule for exercise?
- Are resting boards and bedding provided to allow dogs to rest off the concrete floor?
- What veterinary services are available?
- Are other services available such as grooming, training, bathing?
- How are rates calculated?
If your dog takes meds or is on a special diet, be sure and leave explicit instructions and make sure
the meds and food are well stocked. Leave a list of phone numbers including your vet’s, how you can be reached while you are away, and perhaps the number of a local friend or family member.