***Make sure to properly exercise your pet. Both cats & dogs need exercise. They need to release pent up energy & relieve the prey drive. Properly exercised pets behave better & are happier.
***Hide a few small treats around the house for your pet to find throughout the day. Try Kong balls filled with treats, C.E.T. toothpaste or a LIMITED amount of peanut butter. They'll spend the whole day occupied trying to get the treasure inside.
***Try hiring a dog walker or taking your pet to daycare. This will break up your pet's day, provide exercise & socialization.
***Make returning no big deal. This is particularly important for dogs that have anxiety. If, every time you come back, you act as if you haven’t seen your dog for a year, your dog will feel as if he hasn’t seen you for a year. Best thing to do is act calm, quiet, casual, and don’t immediately greet your dog. If you act like it’s no big deal, then it won’t be a big deal.
***Be sure that when the family does get home & settled in, that they spend some quality evening time with your pet.
Make sure you transition slowly, keep them exercised, occupied and most importantly....loved.