It's one of the things dog lovers have dreaded most about returning to work and school but after months of working from home and giving our undivided attention to our four-legged friends - how can we prepare our pooches for the return to normality?
Here are some things to consider before making the transition.
All by myself.
- Work out how long is safe to leave your dog alone. The general rule is 2 hours for puppies whilst older dogs can be left from 4-6 hours per day.
Start off small.
- Leave your dog alone for short periods of time and gradually build it up. Even if you just leave the room at first or walk around the block so your dog will get used to you leaving and know you'll always come back.
Back to reality
- Slowly start to return to your daily routine. Making sure your pooch gets lots of exercise in the morning. A tired, happy dog will be less stressed when you leave. Have your dog sitter come by as normal too to get the dog used to going out without you.
- Make sure your dog has their own space or comfy bed so they feel safe. Try playing soothing music or leave on the TV, you'll know what will work best for your pet.
- Encourage independent play with toys, chewies or snack dispensing puzzles to keep them occupied.
We hope this collage of our colleagues 'Bonnie Barkers' brightens your day.