Fox8 reports that as things open up, people get vaccinated and return to work during the pandemic, pets might be anxious when their owners leave them behind. Celebrity dog trainer Joel Silverman shares some tips.

The start of the pandemic saw an increase in pet adoptions. Just as pets have gotten used to having people around all the time, the separation can be tricky to navigate.

Celebrity dog trainer Joel Silverman shared with the outlet, “There are some dogs that may be more needy or dependent on you. Now all of a sudden you have been there for three months, six months, nine months, and all of a sudden you got to go back to work.”

Many dogs might wait anxiously at the door or scratch walls while an owner is out at work.

Rescue Alliance Director of Operations Jonathan Henriques shared, “Some pets will undergo what’s actually called pet separation anxiety to where they actually will go wandering around the house, some will defecate or urinate, it’s not a form of retaliation, but it’s like their world was turned upside down.”

How do you ease their anxiety? “Come in the house with treats to show them, hey, here I am, I love you. I’m home and it actually will help them with coping with the fact that you’ve been away all day,” said Henriques. You can also take your pet on a long walk or get them new toys to help ease the separation.

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