It’s been a tough year for most of us! We’ve become accustomed to working from home, keeping our social distance and supporting our loved ones during lockdown. On the positive side, many of us have been able to enjoy a lot more quality time with our fluffy friends, and some even adopted a new pet during lockdown! However, even though it’s been a while since we can go out to work and socialise as normal, we’re giving you some useful tips for preparing yourself and your pet for life after lockdown.


Acknowledge your pet's separation anxiety

You’re their favourite person in the world so your pet loves spending every hour of the day with you, their wonderful owner! After getting used to having you around seven days a week, it’s no surprise that your pup will miss you when you start to get back into your regular routine. But don’t worry, this is completely normal, especially if you adopted a new pet during lockdown. Follow our tips below to make the transition as smooth as possible!

Focus on their routine

As we gradually got used to spending our days stuck at home, many people’s routines disappeared and the need for structure started to fade! As lockdowns get lifted and you slowly start to return to your ‘normal’ life, routines will start to be established again. And it’s no different for your dog! Don’t sweat it - we’re all trying our best during these strange times. 

And the good news is? You can do it by implementing these two simple steps. Start to establish set meal times and exercise breaks for your dog, they will start to get used to the idea of their post-lockdown routine! This will also help your dog to become more disciplined and give them a much-needed sense of independence.


Help your pet to feel comfortable at home

Once you start spending more time away from home, it’s important that you help your dog to feel comfortable when you’re not around. 

Treating your pet to a nice new toy or a comforting blanket could help them feel more settled when they’re home alone, but also giving them an item that smells like you (their favourite human), can help to ease their separation anxiety. 

Create a relaxing set-up for your pet to rest in by making sure that they have a sleeping spot that they love! A soft, supportive and stylish bed will help your pet to feel safe and secure when you’re away. Find the perfect fit from our collection of premium beds and baskets, filled with orthopaedic memory foam!

 

Stay active!

We know that when lockdowns end and life starts to get back to normal, you are bound to be more busy with everything life throws at you! But it’s vital that your pet continues to get enough regular exercise so they feel happy and healthy. If you could do with a helping hand with keeping your dog active, ask a friend or a local dog walker to support you in making sure that your pet is getting enough time outdoors to let off steam!

So how much exercise is enough? It is important to walk your dog at least once per day but keep in mind that different dog breeds have different needs in terms of exercise. For example, sporting or working dog breeds may require multiple walks per day.

Also, the age and fitness level of your dog plays a part in deciding how much exercise they need. Younger dogs tend to have lots of energy so they usually want to get out and exercise at any given opportunity! 

Work on building up their sense of independence

Encourage your dog to be more independent by allowing them to spend more moments alone. By letting them play in the garden by themselves or leaving them to entertain themselves with a toy, your dog will start to feel more independent! This helps them to adjust to spending less time with you and therefore feeling less dependent on you to entertain them all day long. 


What to do if you're feeling overwhelmed about taking care of your dog after lockdown...

We understand that raising a dog and caring for them as part of the family is a big responsibility! With an extra mouth to feed, the need for daily walks and giving your pup the best life can feel overwhelming! 

If you’re feeling stressed about fitting walks into your post-lockdown routine, you can reach out to a local dog walker, neighbour or friend to help out. There are lots of people out there who love dogs and would enjoy the extra exercise, so reach out to your community to see if they want to take your fluffy friend out for some walks!

If you’re worried about leaving your dog alone during your long working hours, contact your local doggy day care centre! You can drop your dog off and collect them at the end of the day, giving you peace of mind knowing that your pet is being cared fortaken for walks, and even gets to socialise with other dogs! 
 

Don't forget to enjoy the quality time with your pet! 

We hope that these tips will help you and your pup adjust to life after lockdown! But in the meantime, don’t forget to enjoy this quality time with your loyal companion and give them all the love and cuddles they deserve! If you have any more ideas for soothing those post-lockdown woes, let us know in the comments…

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog owner tips and cute dog content! 

It’s been a tough year for most of us! We’ve become accustomed to working from home, keeping our social distance and supporting our loved ones during lockdown. On the positive side, many of us have been able to enjoy a lot more quality time with our fluffy friends, and some even adopted a new pet during lockdown! However, even though it’s been a while since we can go out to work and socialise as normal, we’re giving you some useful tips for preparing yourself and your pet for life after lockdown.


Acknowledge your pet's separation anxiety

You’re their favourite person in the world so your pet loves spending every hour of the day with you, their wonderful owner! After getting used to having you around seven days a week, it’s no surprise that your pup will miss you when you start to get back into your regular routine. But don’t worry, this is completely normal, especially if you adopted a new pet during lockdown. Follow our tips below to make the transition as smooth as possible!

Focus on their routine

As we gradually got used to spending our days stuck at home, many people’s routines disappeared and the need for structure started to fade! As lockdowns get lifted and you slowly start to return to your ‘normal’ life, routines will start to be established again. And it’s no different for your dog! Don’t sweat it - we’re all trying our best during these strange times. 

And the good news is? You can do it by implementing these two simple steps. Start to establish set meal times and exercise breaks for your dog, they will start to get used to the idea of their post-lockdown routine! This will also help your dog to become more disciplined and give them a much-needed sense of independence.


Help your pet to feel comfortable at home

Once you start spending more time away from home, it’s important that you help your dog to feel comfortable when you’re not around. 

Treating your pet to a nice new toy or a comforting blanket could help them feel more settled when they’re home alone, but also giving them an item that smells like you (their favourite human), can help to ease their separation anxiety. 

Create a relaxing set-up for your pet to rest in by making sure that they have a sleeping spot that they love! A soft, supportive and stylish bed will help your pet to feel safe and secure when you’re away. Find the perfect fit from our collection of premium beds and baskets, filled with orthopaedic memory foam!

 

Stay active!

We know that when lockdowns end and life starts to get back to normal, you are bound to be more busy with everything life throws at you! But it’s vital that your pet continues to get enough regular exercise so they feel happy and healthy. If you could do with a helping hand with keeping your dog active, ask a friend or a local dog walker to support you in making sure that your pet is getting enough time outdoors to let off steam!

So how much exercise is enough? It is important to walk your dog at least once per day but keep in mind that different dog breeds have different needs in terms of exercise. For example, sporting or working dog breeds may require multiple walks per day.

Also, the age and fitness level of your dog plays a part in deciding how much exercise they need. Younger dogs tend to have lots of energy so they usually want to get out and exercise at any given opportunity! 

Work on building up their sense of independence

Encourage your dog to be more independent by allowing them to spend more moments alone. By letting them play in the garden by themselves or leaving them to entertain themselves with a toy, your dog will start to feel more independent! This helps them to adjust to spending less time with you and therefore feeling less dependent on you to entertain them all day long. 


What to do if you're feeling overwhelmed about taking care of your dog after lockdown...

We understand that raising a dog and caring for them as part of the family is a big responsibility! With an extra mouth to feed, the need for daily walks and giving your pup the best life can feel overwhelming! 

If you’re feeling stressed about fitting walks into your post-lockdown routine, you can reach out to a local dog walker, neighbour or friend to help out. There are lots of people out there who love dogs and would enjoy the extra exercise, so reach out to your community to see if they want to take your fluffy friend out for some walks!

If you’re worried about leaving your dog alone during your long working hours, contact your local doggy day care centre! You can drop your dog off and collect them at the end of the day, giving you peace of mind knowing that your pet is being cared fortaken for walks, and even gets to socialise with other dogs! 
 

Don't forget to enjoy the quality time with your pet! 

We hope that these tips will help you and your pup adjust to life after lockdown! But in the meantime, don’t forget to enjoy this quality time with your loyal companion and give them all the love and cuddles they deserve! If you have any more ideas for soothing those post-lockdown woes, let us know in the comments…

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog owner tips and cute dog content! 

By Milly Osborne

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