Help your dog and cat calm down
It's all about routine. For both species, the main solution is to stick to a regular regimen, just as you would do with a young child, experts said.
"They love to have the same routine," Howe said. "Getting up at the same time, eating at the same time, playing at the same time. That's the key."
Getting your pet ready for your return to work
Again, routine is king. "Try and maintain some sort of typical work schedule as best you can right now," said Varble. "The more that we stick to typical work schedule and routine, the better our pets are going to adapt when we go back to work."
That includes feeding, exercising, playing and grooming at about the same times each day, experts said. But if you've fallen off schedule while sheltering (and who hasn't), don't fret.
"If you know you're going to go back to work in 10 days or so, start getting yourself and your animal on a more typical schedule," Montgomery said. "Focus on doing things that you have been doing, like taking them for a short walk, and make sure you're still fitting in those activities after your return to work...."
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