As some return to work, we’re issuing advice to dog owners to help their pets adjust to the change… 

For many of us, life has changed significantly during the Covid-19 lockdown  – and it’s also changed for our dogs. When the restrictions are lifted, we will have to adjust again to returning to our normal routines – and our dogs will too. We have already received a high number of calls asking for specific advice on what to do when you return to work.

Help your dog adjust when you go back to work after lockdown

Damion Vincent, founder and trainer of Fetch, said:

“You may have changed your routine with your dog if you have been home more. Times for feeding, playing, walking and attention may all be slightly different. Your dog may be getting more or less of these things than before depending on the changes in your schedule.

Changes in routine are something a dog can adapt to, but it’s important to think ahead and begin to make gradual changes before you change your routine again when you go back to work. Otherwise, when things change again suddenly, it may come as a shock to your dog, even if they handled it well before Covid-19. Even the most resilient of dogs can get worried sometimes.

Remember that your dog is a social animal, it’s normal for them to want and need to spend time with you. This means that it is important that you aren’t leaving your dog for too long during the day, or longer than they can cope with. Any dog left too long will struggle, with or without good advice to help them to cope”

Top tips for preparing your dog

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