Separation Anxiety in Animals


Your animal has been spoiled during COVID quarantines and they will be filling a serious loss as you return to work. It is important to be understanding and calm as some of your beloved animals’ behaviors might change. This is when it is most important to remember the love you share is unconditional.

Signs of separation anxiety can include:

  • Urinating and defecating in the home
  • Barking and howling
  • Chewing, digging, and destruction
  • Escaping
  • Pacing

Tips for Working from Home

Setup daily periods of separation from your animal. Many works from home parents do a “nap time” where the animals are placed in kennels in another room. This helps to keep a routine where there is a separation time built into your animals’ day.

When you see your dog after separation keeps the reunion low key. Don’t overdramatize the time so they don’t think there is a reward for missing you.

Keep a good routine with your animals’ separate space away from you. Make their separate place whether it be a kennel or separate room a positive home for your animal that does not have you. This way they have a space they feel good in when you are not around.

Tips for Returning to Work

If your animal is showing signs of separation anxiety talk with your vet. Earlier detection and treatment can make all the difference.

Minimize the drama during your departures and greetings. Try to have things very organized so you can quickly grab your items without frantically running around.

Avoid emotions goodbyes and reunions with your animal. This tells your dog you approve of them being anxious and it equals more attention for them.

Pair a positive reward with your departure. Long-lasting treats like Kong’s or puzzle toys can go a long way to make you leave a positive instead of a negative.

Try to maintain something special that you did during the shelter-in-place time such as longer walks, or playing in the yard.

Animals can perceive and be impacted by our emotional state. Practice self-care as well to reduce your stress, and anxiety during rough times.

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