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How to help your pet cope when you go back to work

Posted at 10:03 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 07:58:15-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — If you're among the folks leaving home to return to work and you're leaving your furry loved one behind, they might start feeling lonely after being around you for so long.

So, to help them them cope, you want give them attention when you can or find activities for them to do.

For example, when it comes to dogs, trainer Pamela Leland says you need to make sure they get plenty of exercise before you go. You can take them on a long walk or play with them in the backyard and, chances are, they'll be ready for a nap when you leave.

You can also drop in during lunch and play some more. But if your schedule's too tight, Leland recommends hiring a dog walker or dropping them off at doggy day care a few times a week. That way they won't be that affected by your absence.

"What I'm concerned about now is a lot of people are going back to work," Leland explained. "And all of a sudden, these dogs are now being left alone. And before, they were one great, big, happy family."

The big takeaway is you should find enrichment games and activities your pet enjoys and take some time to share those with them when your home.

If you're still in quarantine with your pet, Leland says some privacy can be just as important. She points out, any change in environment can be overwhelming for them.

So, if your dog used to have the house to himself all day and is now finding himself constantly surrounded by the whole family, he may need a spot where he can just take a break and relax.

Leland suggests if you can find a spot like that for your pet, you can help make sure they don't get stressed out.