Pet adoption rates skyrocketed in 2020, with nearly half of Gen Zers adopting a pet during the pandemic. With constant belly rubs and endless treats. As restrictions ease, businesses return to the office and kids go back to in-person learning, your pandemic pup might start showing signs of separation anxiety. Pet anxiety can manifest in many ways, including hair loss, weight loss, barking, destruction of property, or loss of appetite. Try these home remedies to help manage their anxiety.
* Identifying triggers
The first step to calming your pet is to identify the events that may trigger their anxiety, such as thunderstorms, loud noises or long periods of alone time. Once identified, you can better prepare for when you're leaving the home.
* Create a safe space
Make a den to serve as your pet's safety zone while you're away. Use soft, plush bedding inside a small crate in a designated place within your home to create a safe space your pup will want to nuzzle into. All dogs, large and small, like to feel safe. This tip is also helpful during thunderstorms, fireworks and any other anxiety-inducing events.
* Play peaceful tunes
Try soothing your dog with classical or peaceful music. Classical music has been successfully used in many studies to calm pets. Keep the volume at a level that can drown out any outside noises, while not being overwhelming.
* Get moving
Take your dog for a run, walk or play fetch before any events or leaving the house. This will help tire them out, and thus reduce their anxiety throughout the day. Incorporate these activities into your daily routine.