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As the reopening of our economy ramps up, many of us are now thinking about life in a post-lockdown world.

 

But for those who have been ‘sharing’ their workspaces with the family dog for the past two months due to COVID-19, going back to work means leaving their four-legged friends on their own once again during the day. And after more than a dozen weeks of having their owners close at a hand, separation anxiety could become a real issue for some canines.

 

“The only way to prevent separation anxiety is to actually start separating yourself from them now,” says Mike Embry, owner of New Approach Canine Training Academy in Cambridge.

 

He suggests leaving your dog alone in another room while you work, which in turn will allow your furry pal the opportunity to once again learn how to self-soothe.

 

“You have to teach them to self-soothe, just like you would a baby,” says Mike, noting for some owner this can be difficult. “It’s tough because they’re not really our animals anymore, they’ve become our babies.”

 

He says dogs will catch on that they will need to keep themselves occupied without their owners around all day, joking that chewing shoes or furniture shouldn’t be an option.

 

“If you weren’t there and you were at work, they’d likely be in a crate or in a room sleeping somewhere anyway, waiting for you to come home. They can do that while you’re still there as well,” says Mike, who has operated his training academy for seven years and is the proud owner of three dogs.

 

Creating boundaries, he says, is a key part in dog training. An example, Mike says, is keeping the dog out of the kitchen while you’re cooking.

 

“You need to teach your dog a threshold boundary to keep a separation between you and them,” he says.

 

Ideally, Mike says doggy daycare, which his academy offers, is a great option for those seeking to ensure their pets have the stimulation they need during the day. On average, he normally has about 35 to 40 dogs dropped off daily for daycare at his Sheldon Drive facility. However, due to the virus he has seen about half those numbers and expects that will not change immediately as people start to head back to their regular routines.  

 

“The disposable income for doggy daycare probably won’t be there for everyone,” says Mike, adding it will take time to get back to normal.

 

As life begins to reopen, he says distancing yourself from your dog can start with something simple, like taking an occasional walk without your pet.

 

He also suggests owners start wearing a face mask around the house to ensure their furry pals become familiar with the sight of them.

 

“As things to start to reopen, I have a feeling that in many places masks are going to be mandatory. I don’t want to see your dog get afraid when you take them out for a walk and they start seeing people in masks,” says Mike. “Every family member could wear a mask for a little while just to give the dog a bit of reassurance that masks aren’t bad things and there’s actually a person under there.”

 

Mike says taking a few steps now can save pet owners trouble down the road.

“It’s all about a mindset,” he says. “It’s taking preventative measures and thinking ahead a little bit.”

 

For information, call New Approach Canine Training Academy at 519.208.5559, or visit www.newapproach.ca.

 

Tips to helping your dog- courtesy of The Conversation website

 

Give them a safe space:  All dogs should have a ‘safe spot’ to go when they need quiet time, such as a bathroom, spare bedroom, or a bed in the corner of the room.

 

Make sure they get enough sleep: Adult dogs on average sleep between 12 to 16 hours a day and puppies even more, and often sleep when the family isn’t home during the day. Being in lockdown these past two months has meant dogs may not be getting the rest they need.

 

Mix up walking schedule: If you live with another adult, you can each take the dog out once rather than just once a day for exercise.

 

Stimulate them mentally: Mental stimulation has been important during the lockdown. Keeping them stimulated with things like food toys and tricks can relieve their boredom and unwanted behaviours, such as chewing.

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Erin Moraghan describes herself as a born mover.

 

As the founder of Revkor Fitness + Lifestyle Training in Cambridge, she has made it her vocation to help others become ‘movers’ after leaving a healthcare philanthropy career in Toronto in 2013 to make this happen.

 

Her passion to assist others centres on promoting workplace wellness which came about after a decade of working in healthcare.

 

“We can’t get through stressful times without wellness at the forefront,” says the wellness expert.

 

The current COVID-19 crisis is clearly one of the most stressful situations facing all us, not just economically but emotionally and physically. In fact, experts are predicting a ‘tsunami’ of mental-health issues to develop in wake of this pandemic.

 

At our next YIP virtual workshop ‘Better Work Life Balance for Young Professionals’ on May 21, Erin will offer advice and tips aimed at empowering participants with the tools they need to reduce stress and improve productivity.

 

But more importantly, she hopes to inspire them in work and life.

 

“The entrepreneur culture often celebrates the non-stop grind,” says Erin. “But the reality is, rest and a calm, controlled mind are in the key to managing challenges and staying on course.”

 

She has already helped thousands across Canada by initiating programming focused on preventing and minimizing chronic pain and depression by embracing the power of mindful movement.

 

Erin can highlight some simple habits that can help accomplish amazing results, such as nutrition shifts to alter productivity, an eight-minute morning mindset practice that can ‘train’ your brain to be goal-centred, and a few suggestions for more quality sleep.

 

“This is the information you need to get and stay on track, striving strong during this unforgettable time in history,” she says.

 

Our virtual YIP (Young Innovative Professionals) session ‘Better Work Life Balance for Young Professionals’ takes place Thursday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 For information, please visit:  https://bit.ly/2WCBOXU

 

The Canadian Mental Health Association offers these tips to creating better work-life balance:

 

At Work

  • Schedule brief breaks for yourself throughout the day. Your productivity and effectiveness will increase if you take even a ten-minute break every two hours and overall, you will get more accomplished.
  • At the end of each day, set your priorities for the following day. Be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available.
  • Only respond to email once or twice a day. Then, shut off your email program to avoid being distracted as messages come in.
  • Make a distinction between work and the rest of your life. Protect your private time by turning off electronic communications. Don’t be available 24/7.

 

At Home

  • Create a buffer between work and home. After work, take a brief walk, do a crossword puzzle, or listen to some music before beginning the evening’s routine.
  • Decide what chores can be shared or let go. Determine which household chores are critical and which can be done by someone else. Let the rest go.
  • Exercise. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes at a time, you’ll feel more energized and refreshed.
  • Create and implement a household budget. Start by setting aside some money from each pay cheque for the future.
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