Lockdown definitely did a number on our social lives, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Out of all the good things to come out of the extra hours spent at home, being able to spend quality time with our fur babies ranked pretty highly, and I’m sure they can attest.
But, the good times are about to come to an abrupt ending for some of our unassuming companions with the end of lockdown meaning most of us will be out of the home for multiple nights a week.
Fortunately, there are steps we can take to adjust our pup, cat, rodent, bird, or whatever you’ve got going on at home. The key is to get it started early before they get blindsided by the daily goodbyes.
1. Establish a safe place
Make sure you have a place your animal can retreat to where it feels calm and comfortable. Most of your pets probably have already chosen this location, whether it be a certain bed, room, or tree. For example, my dog Ivy simply cannot get enough of her Coast beanbags.
2. Get some chew relief
This is especially important for animals who don’t understand the concept of having nice things. Dogs use chewing as a source of anxiety relief, so if you don’t want your brand new lounge suite to become the object of their desire, make sure you provide some chew toys to keep them occupied.
3. Start giving them some alone time
It’s hard not to give your pets every minute of your undivided attention, but it’s time to start weaning them off. Even if you just go for a long walk without them, anything that gives you a little bit of separation will be good come D-Day.
4. Keep up the exercise
Even if you have the most slothy dog in existence it’s crucial you get them out of the house for at least a few hours a day. If you’ve noticed that your dog is settling better with the increased iso-induced walk, then try to keep up that routine.
5. Leave them a few treats
Positive reinforcement is everything when it comes to animals. Make sure they know that you walking out the door comes with a silver lining of a few addition treaties. If they’re inside dogs, try leaving them in different places in the house to keep them occupied. Try NOOD Premium Pet Food for a taste we know your furry friends are going to love. It's also important to ensure they have a complete and balanced diet. NOOD wet food comes with a range of recipes to cater to every pets preference!