Whether you like it or not, we’ll have to return to society and complete daily tasks in person sooner or later. No more Zoom meetings from the couch! But wait, what about your pet? Are your little fur babies ready to be at home alone again? If you think the answer is "No, they’re not ready! My baby is going to be so lonely,” or the little rascal might tear down the new wallpaper- do not worry! MyFriend has a few tips up our sleeves to help your pets feel good at home alone (and not destroy your house while you’re not around!)
Why not try to spend some time in the morning with your pets? You know you won’t be gone that long, but your pets don't know that. To them, whether you’re gone for one minute or one hour, it’s all the same in their little world! To reduce their stress, create a morning routine with your pets. It could be a walk or a quick grooming session. This way, you’ll get to spend some time together before you leave for the day!
Make sure to prepare all day snacks and toys for your besties. Before you leave for work, create a zone for your pet with snacks and toys so they won’t leave the area. Pets tend to chew on things when they’re stressed so remember to leave enough chewable toys and snacks in there unless you want your furniture or favorite pair of shoes to become their treats!
Turn on the TV or radio and let it play while you’re away. If you feel like you don’t have enough toys to keep your pet entertained while you’re away, or you have an older pet that has outgrown their toys, leaving the TV or the radio on is a great way to ease their loneliness. Who knows? It may also help prevent burglary as the sound could trick one into thinking that someone's home. If none of these tips work for you and you’re not yet comfortable with leaving your pets at home alone, you can always take them to an Animal Care Center! It doesn't have to be every day. This can also help them learn to be away from their human parents and meet some new friends! One final tip for those who still feel like they cannot leave their four-legged babies at home alone: hire a pet trainer. This way, you won’t have to spend the time that you don't have training them or staying with them, you just spend the extra money! And hey, if you can afford it, why not? Which tips do you think will work with your fur buddy? Try it and let us know!