Well, it's that time of year again, holidays, Christmas and New Year festivities are over for another year. The end of summer holidays signals an end to backyard cricket, endless backyard play and long walks with our pets. As we head back to work and school, spare a thought for our pets who have most likely enjoyed having us around.
Boredom and separation anxiety can occur when our pets realise they are home alone without their family. Here's what we recommend you do to prevent this and to ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible!
*Exercise! A key remedy for separation anxiety is to wear your pet out with lots of exercise before you leave for work. This will ensure that your dog will have spent a lot of their energy early & will rest for some of the time you are away. Cat's will spend most of their day sleeping anyway but will benefit from a 20 minute play also.
*Avoid long goodbyes! When you leave for work or school, don't make a fuss of your pet, this only draws their attention to the fact that you are leaving them alone. Distracting your pet with something like their meal can work well. When leaving ensure you do this in a casual manner without any indicators or 'prompts’ that your pet may pick up on such as jingling your car keys. Research indicates that ignoring the pet just prior to leaving works best. It can be a good idea to have a few practise runs to perfect this.
*Incentives. If your pet is food driven, try toys such as the Gorrrilla tug'o' war where you place some kibble biscuits inside and the dog has to figure out how to get the food out. There is a food maze available for cats too! Turn on your pets natural instincts by hiding healthy treats in a sand pit that they have to dig out, plant some cat nip or cat grass for your cat to chill out and frolic in.
*Avoid an identity crisis! Ensure that should the worst happen that your pets microchip details are up-to-date. Make sure that your pet is also wearing an ID tag as well. We can do these in store for you and recommend that you have your contact details engraved. Make sure that your dog or cat is registered with the local council. You should also ensure that this tag is attached to the pets collar too.
*Security - Make sure that there are no easy escape routes in your yard. Secure any gates or fences to prevent this.
*Get to know your neighbour's - Talk to your neighbours, if they are home throughout the day they may be able to let you know how your pet behaves when you are not home. This information can be invaluable in managing your pet while you are not home.
Keep these things going throughout the year and you and your pet will reap the rewards! If your pet does go missing, check regular places that your pet may like to visit. Contact the local pound, neighbours and local veterinary clinics.
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