Returning to work after LOCK DOWN (advice)

Farndon Dog Training Services
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More people are returning to work or are about to return to work. This may have an effect on your dog as they have got accustom to having you in the home most of the time. Some people may have puppies that who have never experienced their owners leaving them to go to work.

It is important to remember the way YOU BEHAVE HAS A DIRECT EFFECT ON YOUR DOG. Your dog can read your body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, interaction with other members of the household. When thing change they immediately become sensitive to that change.

Start to prepare your dog now for the changes that are coming.

1.During the day ensure there are times when you and the puppy/dog are separated. In a different room, garden, you upstairs the puppy/dog downstairs (dogs are never allowed upstairs), etc. Slowly extend these periods of separation in time and when they occur. NEVER RETURN TO A BARKING DOG, it will train you to come to it’s commands very quickly.

2.Practice leaving the dog in the home alone. Do not make a fuss. Just get ready and go leaving the puppy/dog alone in a safe space (crate, enclosed area etc. Remember puppies/dogs chew when worried/bored ensure they have something other than furniture and skirting boards, etc. to “eat”. Start with 1/2 an hour than build up the time. Upon return IGNORE THE DOG for at least 5 minutes then act normal. (Remember always ignore your puppy/dog upon return, you are the ALFA DOG).

3.Practice the routine of going to work/school before it happens. Get up and go through the routine and LEAVE THE HOUSE. Do not show signs of stress or worry. Leave of at least half to one hour. Upon return IGNORE THE DOG for at least 5 minutes then act normal.

4.Practice this leaving exercise as often as possible before you return to work/school. Try to make the absence longer each time.

5.Consider how long you are going to be away from you puppy/dog. Dog walkers, friends, neighbors, etc may be used to allow them exercise and going to the toilet, etc. There is also day care if necessary.

6.Leave your puppy/dog exercise toys, these can be purchased from shops or on line. They stimulate the dogs mind whilst playing, usually based on hidden treats. Large Bones are are excellent but not the ones that a dog can chew into small pieces as they can cause stomach and digestive problems.

7. Puppies and dogs will accept your absence so long as they are sure you are going to return. This is why you build it slowly try not to stress your puppy/dog too much.

Below is a hand out about leaving a dog at Home Alone.

Home Alone

The days of an adult being at home all day have long gone. Dogs, therefore have to learn to be alone in the house.

By following these few simple suggestions will help prevent boredom and separation anxiety.

Crate-train your dog or dog proof your home. (Remove items they may chew; restrict their movement with ‘child gates’ etc.)

Exercise your dog before leaving it alone at home, not just a short walk. This may mean you have to get up earlier then you do at the moment. Exhausted dogs are less likely to bark, dig, chew, etc….

During the walk allow the dog to “empty” and then feed your dog before you leave. A dog naturally rests when its stomach is full

Allow the dog to have a ‘safe haven’, such as a bed or comfortable basket.

Come and go without a fuss. That includes no petting or saying “Goodbye” to your dog when you leave and NO EXUBERANT greeting upon your return….this is important!!!

Before leaving, rub a favourite toy in your hands, hold under your arm pit for a few seconds and leave your scent on it. Then give it to your dog or throw it onto the dog’s bed.

Hid treats (remember to subtract from food allowance) such as dry food in the area where the dog is confined. Us a specialist toy which hides treats therein. This provides mental stimulation.

Provide a large solid ‘Marrow Bone’, one which the dog cannot eat but he can gnaw at. If it is hollow you can replace the marrow with other meats, treats, etc. (remember to subtract from food allowance)

Provide back ground noise such as the radio, this helps cut out noise from outside which may upset the dog.

Avoid drugs, they treat the symptoms not the problem

Never leave your dog at home all day if possible. If it must be left, get a friend, dog walker, relative, etc. to visit the dog to take it for a walk and play with it. (Ask Francis for an excellent dog walker if necessary)

Remember there are Pet sitters / walkers. Dog day care is also available.