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How To Prepare Your Pet For When You Head Back To Work

May 7, 2020

The more you prepare your pet now, the better the transition will be when you’re on your way back to work! 

As some states’ stay-at-home orders may be lifted soon, it’s important to have a game plan for your pets as you head back into the office! When you first started working from home, it was most likely a delightful surprise to your pet that you’d be around the house more. Quality time with your pet can mean the absolute world to them, so an abrupt leave might be very confusing for your dog or cat. To make this transition a bit more seamless, it’s a great idea to start preparing your pet by implementing some different ideas into their daily routines. At Pet Releaf, we researched 5 different ways you can start preparing right now to make heading back to work easier for you and your pet when the time comes!

Give you and your dog some “me” time

When your pet spends all hours of the day laying by your side and going on frequent walks, it may be a shock to them when you start leaving them at home again. It’s recommended to spend some time away from your pup while you’re at home. This can be as simple as working from home in a separate room, so you and your pet can get some alone time. If your dog was previously crate trained, they may view their crate as their safe space! You can start implementing the crate some more so they get used to their old routine. Or with the extra time you have now, you can start crate training now to help them feel safe and comfortable when you’re not around. It’s also recommended to start going on short walks or drives without them so they remember what it’s like to be left alone, so it’s not as big as a shock.

Stick to a routine

If you were following a certain routine when you would go to work before, such as going on a walk with your dog before work and having specific feeding times, it’s time to bring those back! Establishing a set schedule for your dog can better prepare your pet for when you go to work again, according to Dr. Dana Varble, the chief veterinary officer for the North American Veterinary Community, as reported by CNN. You should start setting aside times for feeding, exercising, as well as the alone time. The more you prepare your pet now with a set routine, the more beneficial it will be for your pup to start adapting for when you start up your regular work schedule. 

Start adding CBD to your pet’s daily regimen

If your pet has grown attached to you always being around, a sudden disappearance may be a shock to them as their favorite human won’t be around as often. This also could cause some separation anxiety in your pet as you won’t be there at all hours of the day. Combat your pets anxiety with a natural remedy of CBD for dogs. If you’re new to CBD for pets, learn more how CBD Hemp Oil can help your pet’s anxiety.

We recommend administering daily not only to reap the benefits of CBD, such as supporting a healthy immune system, but to also keep them calm for when you start leaving the house more. If your pet doesn’t really have a history of constant stress or it’s more of a minor issue, we recommend starting small by administering our CBD-infused Edibites! They’re the perfect way to give your pet lower amounts of CBD in savory flavors like our  Pizza CBD Hemp Oil Edibites, Sushi CBD Hemp Oil Edibites, or the crowd favorite, Crunchy Banana & Peanut Butter Edibites. If your pet gets stressed fairly easily, we would recommend administering one of our higher potency CBD Hemp Oils For Dogs daily. We also have our CBD usage calculator so you can get a custom product recommendation based on your pup’s stress levels! While you’re giving your pet some alone time, try administering about half of their recommended usage amount about 1 hour before you put them in the crate for some chill time. By doing this daily, it’s a great way to prepare your pet for when you actually start leaving the home. 

Keep them busy during the day

As you start to separate yourself more from your pup while you’re at home, it’s also helpful to help keep your pup busy. There are many puzzle toys out there that can help stimulate your pup’s mental health as well as keep them busy for longer. You can stuff the puzzle toys with treats or even our Edibites! This way they’re working for an all-natural supplement that can benefit their health and help them stay calm. One of our favorite puzzle dog toy creators is West Paw. They have some awesome puzzle toy varieties that can help your pup work for their favorite dog treat.  

Socializing your dog

We know it’s been a difficult time when it comes to socializing your dog, especially if you just adopted a new puppy in this current state of the world. The easiest way to start puppy socializing is by bringing them around the healthy family or friends that you are currently living with. If you have healthy friends who are also pet parents, set up a play date where you and your friend are safely social distancing while your dogs play, so your new pup can start to feel comfortable around other dogs!

We know the past few months have been filled with uncertainty and challenges. We hope you found this article helpful as we as a Pet Releaf family explore this next chapter together. If you have more questions, read on to learn about our response to COVID-19 and how we hope to help you continue to navigate this time more comfort and wellness. 

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