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How to settle your dog back into a routine

As we all return to work and school after the summer season, it’s important to remember the change in routine will be new and potentially unsettling for your four-legged friend as well.

If they have been used to their human family being around all day and had lots of fun and adventures with them, suddenly finding themselves home alone could leave them confused.

Here are our top five tips on ensuring they settle back into a routine.

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1. Burn off some energy

1. Burn off some energy

Before leaving your dog home alone, make sure they have been well exercised. A tired dog is much happier and more likely to relax and sleep while you’re out.

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2. Ease them into the routine

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2. Ease them into the routine

Sudden change may unsettle your pooch. It is always best to slowly introduce a change of routine before it actually begins by making feeding times, toilet times, bed times etc regular and consistent.

Dogs love certainty and consistency so beginning the routine well in advance will really help.

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3. Short periods of alone time

3. Short periods of alone time

Ease them into being left alone by making short trips in and out. For example, if you’re popping to see a friend and would normally take your dog with you, perhaps leave them this time so it’s less of a worry when you leave them to return back to work for a much longer period of time.

We encourage creating a safe space or haven for your dog such as their bed or crate where they can chill out knowing you’ll return soon.

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4. Consider dog care providers

4. Consider dog care providers

Break up their week with extra playtime by leaving them for a day or two with friends or family who have dogs or even consider taking them to doggy day care. As much as they love you, they also enjoy playing with their canine companions, and it’s great for building their socialisation skills too.

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5. Be patient

5. Be patient

The final and perhaps most important tip is to always be patient. It’s not something that your dog will learn overnight and the initial disruption may confuse them, but if you are calm, kind and stick with it they will adjust and quickly settle.

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