How to Prepare Your Dog for the Day You Go Back to Work

You know who loves how much you work from home now? Your dog! But asBloombergnotes, you're going to have to psychologically prepare your pooch for the inevitable day when normal life resumes and you're out of the house again. "Dogs are becoming 'overly bonded,' which means they’re intensely reliant on our presence to stay calm," the outlet says. "It has to be addressed now—long before your dog is left home, solo, for long stretches when you return to the office—to avoid doggie meltdowns." Read more here Here's a four-step approach to curing separation anxiety:

  1. At least twice a day for an hour, put your in a room or a crate and close the door. Let him or her cry it out, and when you come back, act like you’re having a normal, boring interaction.
  2. Extend the alone time from one hour to three to four hours. Try different forms of isolation, such as putting the crate in a different room.
  3. Put your dog’s meals in toys that dispense food when pushed around. This gives the dog has something to occupy their time when you're gone.
  4. Slowly reintroduce your dog to house guests, dog parks and public areas where there's lots of activity and noise.