We've been working and schooling from home since March of 2020 and are worried about how our dog will behave when we go back to our "normal" lives. We know our cat will be ecstatic, but is there anything we can do to help ease the impending separation anxiety our pup Bella will surely exhibit?

- Worried in Woodruff

 

DEAR WORRIED,

You're correct that your cat will likely be happy when you aren’t home every day - HA! While some kitties do have separation anxiety, pups are usually wired a little different. Some dogs will miss their humans more than others, but they will be sad to not have you home with them every single day.

A good strategy will be to ease them into you being gone. Make sure their favorite spot or familiar kennel is up and ready for them now. You can put them in a room with the door closed, either free roam or in their kennel, for a set amount of time and increase the time intermittently every day. Some people like to leave the TV on or music playing so they hear a voice, even if it isn’t yours. A treat that will last a while is also a great thing to keep their mind off of you not being there. You can stuff a Kong with treats or peanut butter (freeze it to help it last longer) and they will occupy themselves as they work to get it all out. 

When we all have to go back to work and school full time, it will be an adjustment to all family members involved. It’s good to miss others and to know you’re missed!

- Lynn, PUPPO Nutrition Team

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