Dogs are the clear winners in the global pandemic. While people have been forced to stay at home as schools and businesses closed or workers adapted to working from home, dogs celebrated spending extra time with their humans.
But now that things are opening up again, it’s time to get your dog ready for the change, so being home alone isn’t a complete shock to their systems.
“The shelter-in-place rules have been in place long enough that your pet has become accustomed to your company all the time,” says Dr. Katherine Houpt, professor emeritus of behavior medicine at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
“While we are all eager to return to our pre-quarantine life, there may be a downside: dogs may be anxious when you leave the house without them. They may express this anxiety by barking, by destroying things and by eliminating.”
To ease that transition, there are several steps you can take now to get your dog ready to be home alone.