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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Separation Anxiety

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor



Your dog has grown accustomed to your company because of the pandemic. If this is the case and you are now contemplating going back to the office Fido may show signs of anxiety. Please be patient with him as he relearns spending time alone!


Rainbow BridgeOne way to lessen the blow of separation is to spend some time ‘practicing’. Leave your home for an hour or so each day. That will reassure your buddy that inevitably, you will return! Don’t make a big deal about leaving. Calmly grab your car keys, put him inside his crate if that is where he normally stays when you are at work, and leave. If he is not crated do not fuss as you leave; that may heighten his anxiety.


If you have a pet sitter have her come in as she would during your normal work day. This will prepare Fido for a typical day. Instruct school-aged children to walk your dog or let him outside on a regular basis and spend time playing with him.


All of these things will help your dog become accustomed to a normal routine. Be patient and respectful of all family members—including your dog—during these stressful times.


If you have questions about this or any dog-related issue please call or text 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. There is never a charge for phone or email consultation.


Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf LLC

Pictured: The Rainbow Bridge