Published on: 7 May, 2020
Here are some simple separation training tips for your pet
As restrictions are slowly lifted across the country, a lot of us are probably thinking about going back to work. Our pets, however, might not be on-board with being away from their human companions just yet.
Because they are used to having us around all the time now, it’s a given that our pets will miss the one-on-one time when we return to work. In fact, some pets can experience isolation distress or separation anxiety as a result.
With a little training and change in routine, you can start easing your pet into the situation by preparing them to be away from you and help them be more confident hanging out by themselves.
Here are some tips to get your pet used being away from you during work hours:
🏠 Leave your pet alone when you’re at home
Let your furry enjoy their me-time and get confident about spending time alone. While you're home, give them time away from you in another room or outside, so they're not always by your side. You can make alone time fun by hiding toys and treats around the house to keep them occupied and encourage solo adventures.
👋 Head out occasionally
Leave the house for short periods of time, without making a fuss about leaving or arriving. This way, your pet will learn that you leaving the house is no big deal - and that you often come straight back again!
🏀 Do outdoor activities before work hours
Try to give your pet enough exercise before you go to work. This way, they’ll rest during the day or during your work hours, rather than eagerly wait for you to come home in anticipation of outdoor activities.
🥐 Get creative with their food
Hide their food in Kong-like toys or scatter it around the house or yard so that they can spend their time looking for it when you’re at work. This not only helps with your pet’s mental stimulation but also keeps them entertained when you’re away.
📦 Create a safe space for them
This can be a crate or a fenced-off area in the house where your pet can retreat to when they need to feel safe and want to spend some time alone.
And lastly, get them a friend! 🐶 There are over 3000+ pets on PetRescue looking for a home (and a pal!) right now!