If you’re headed back to work after staying home to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and you’re worried about your dog adjusting to being without you, you’re not alone. It’s understandable that, as a pet parent, you’d be concerned about how your best friend will handle the increased alone time.

Here are a few help tips for preparing your pet for the new, new normal:

Exercise. With less time for long walks with you, your pup may appreciate doggie daycare or visits from a dog walker to provide stimulation while you’re at work. Dogs need to be up to date on all vaccines and parasite preventive for doggie daycare, so if they’re needed, schedule an appointment by calling 502-228-1827 for an appointment, or book online.

Low-key departures and arrivals. When leaving for more than a few minutes, stay calm and relaxed so your pup doesn’t become over-excited. If you act like it’s not a big deal, he may act the same way. When you return, keep things low key. That will make it easier for him the next time you need to leave.

Enrichment. If you give your pup a stuffed Kong or other yummy treat, he’ll associate your leaving with something good. Leave treats around the house for him to find and try to leave him in a space that has a view of the outside.

With some careful planning, you can help your dog adjust smoothly to life after the COVID-19 lockdown.