Expert advice on Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Top Tips to help with Leaving your Dogs Home Alone when you return to Work.
With a large Possibility of Seperation Anxiety in Dogs and our Dogs Home Alone as we enter back into normality and step back into the office we have some Top Tips and Advice from an Expert Vet.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, some results saw a huge rise in pet ownership, going from 41% of households to 59% in just one year. Dogs still remaining the most popular pet of choice – If you are thinking of a new addition to the family unit, I have a Post offering Advice for Choosing the Perfect Family Pet.
Furlough, home working and limits on outdoor activities and loneliness have all contributed to the rise in people getting a new pet and companion. But what about when normality returns? How will your new best friend, in this instance your Dog cope with being home alone?
In this post we will hear from Vet Dr Joe Inglis from VetChef with some fantastic Advice and Tips for when the time comes to leave your Dog Home Alone and how you can manage your Dogs Separation Anxiety.
Lockdown Dogs Home Alone, Facing Spending Time Alone for the First Time.
Joe advised; “Dogs are pack animals and can be distressed if suddenly left for long periods of time. It’s important to prepare for and manage the separation. The extension of the lockdown gives you the time you need.”
Joe’s Top Tips to Prepare for possible Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Top Tips for leaving your Dogs Home Alone.
However, the imminent return to the office, for most people (at least part time), means that many of these pampered pooches will be facing extended periods of alone time for the first time, which may result in Seperation Anxiety.
Meanwhile other Dogs may find themselves accompanying their owners to work. Expert and Vet Dr Joe Inglis, from the home-cooking platform VetChef.com, explains just how you can help your dog through this huge change in his or her life, help you with possible Separation Anxiety with your Dog Home Alone.
- There will be fierce competition for dog walkers. Book yours now as a whole day without exercise, or the chance to use the toilet, is too much to expect from your dog.
- Start leaving your animal alone for a short time now. Gradually build to longer periods.
- Crates are not recommended for dogs over long periods (such as the typical working day). However if you intend to use a crate for your dog for some of the time, start by leaving the crate door open and fill the crate with their bed and favourite toys so they learn to see the crate as a place of comfort and security. Once they’re happy in the crate, shut them in for short periods with food and give them lots of rewards and attention when they come out.
- Adapt your routine to what it will be when you start work. E.g. Walk your dog at the beginning and end of the day so they get used to the idea of less activity in the middle of the day.
We could also expect to see a rise in dogs coming to work. How cool would that be If? Having your best pooch by your side at work.
If you intend to take your dog to the office Joe advises:
- Only consider it if your boss and other employees are happy for you to do so. Check no-one has an allergy. How many other people will be bringing in dogs? Are there times people would rather the dog was not there (e.g. client meetings)?
- Make sure your dog is very well trained. No-one wants a dog in the office if there is a risk of them barking at the wrong time or jumping up on visitors. You may think it’s adorable; most people won’t and you’ll find yourself very unpopular.
- Does the dog sit quietly at your feet while you work, or does it often distract you? An office is a fascinating place for a dog, full of lots of interesting smells and people. If the dog is not chilled at home, it will not be calm in your office and you and everyone else will find it very distracting.
- Check there is somewhere safe nearby for the dog to exercise and relieve itself.
- Check that the dog is happy travelling. Some are terrified of getting on trains. Take the dog for a couple of trial runs, where you can go in for an hour and straight back home again, without any pressure on either of you.
Your Best buddies Diet can play a large role too.
Whether you will be leaving your Dog Home Alone or taking them into the office, Joe advises that your Dogs diet is far more important than most people realise.
Dog owners are increasingly moving to a fresh diet for their pets as companies, like VetChef, with their team of specialist dog nutritionists, make it easy and hassle free.
“Feeding fresh homemade food is very straightforward and cost effective. You just need to make sure you get the nutritional balance right. That’s why we offer free recipes, tailored to different dogs, together with supplements. The cooking steps are quick and easy – little more than getting all your ingredients and simmering them together in a pan. Dogs are not interested in presentation, so it’s all about taste and texture!”Vet Dr Joe Inglis – VetChef.com
Joe concludes with the following advice.
“As a vet I know the huge impact that an improved diet will have on the happiness and well-being of dogs. It is therefore the single most important part of the transition for our beloved pets as we come out of lockdown. VetChef is here to help.”Vet Dr Joe Inglis
Some Info of VetChef.com and About Expert Vet Dr Joe Inglis.
VetChef supplies recipes and supplements to make it easy and hassle-free to feed your dog fresh food. VetChef employs a team of specialist nutritionists to ensure that their recipes provide the perfect diet.
Access is through the website, www.vetchef.com where owners are asked a series of questions to ensure that the recipes are tailored for the age, breed and size of the dog as well as any health conditions.
Recipes are very easy and quick to make and cost effective.
Dr Joe Inglis is a Media Vet and Dietician, he is the founder and head vet at VetChef.
Joe is passionate about pet nutrition and founded two of the UK’s leading pet food brands (Vet’s Kitchen and tails.com) before starting VetChef.
His mission is to help pet owners improve the health and wellbeing of their animal companions through their diet – and after 20 years in the pet food world, Dr Joe believes that fresh, homemade food designed with veterinary expertise is the best way to do this.