Thursdays with Millie: Tips for Your Dog if You Are Returning to The Office
Hello all you cool pups and kittens,
Millie, your favorite word slinging pooch reporting for duty! The flowers are blooming here at MYOS HQ, and those pesky squirrels have been teasing me again ever since the weather warmed up again.
I know that the last year has been a challenge for many of you. I have to say that for me, the positive part of all of this has been having my humans at home with me more. There have been more walks, runs, cuddles and games in the last year than ever before.
Things are slowly getting back to the way they were and that includes a return to wherever you humans used to go during the day. I always assumed it was just a long walk, but my humans keep calling it “work”. This week I wanted to offer you some tips to help your four leggers adjust to a new change in their routine.
With pet parents returning to work outside of the home, your dog may be experiencing some separation anxiety during the process. One way to prepare your dog for the change in routine would be to start leaving the house more frequently. You can increase the duration each time so that they are able to adjust slowly. This will help your pet get used to you being away, and that you will always come back.
If your dog’s mealtime and walking routines while sheltering in place was different than when you worked outside of the home, this would be a good time to change your feeding and walk schedule back to the way it was prior to being homebound.
During the last year, many dogs were more active, with more time for walks, runs, games and activities with their humans. That may change as you head back to a life outside of your home. If your dog will be indoors for more time, consider an extended walk in the morning and when you get home. With warmer weather approaching and more daylight at the end of the day, there is still time to get your dog outside for a run, catch or whichever activities you love to do together.
If your dog is less active, this can lead to reduced muscle mass, especially if you have an older dog. It may lower their mobility and vitality. Using a supplement like MYOS Canine Muscle Formula may help reduce the risk of muscle loss. Supplements like collagen and glucosamine can also help with mobility and joint flexibility. These combined with my other tips will hopefully make the transition for you and your four leggers more enjoyable.
As always, thanks for reading! Until next week!