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Ask the Expert: How Do I Help My "Quarantine Puppy" to Be Alone While I Go Back To Work?

Q: How do I help my "quarantine puppy" to be alone while I go back to work?
A: The most important thing you can do is to implement your plan before going back to work. Start by leaving your dog for short periods of time and gradually increase the time that you are gone. Leave music on or maybe the TV so that there appears to be a presence for them. If you crate your dog, make sure to give them a nice treat when you put them in the crate. This will make it a happy and positive place. It’s crucial to make sure you're giving your dog a lot of exercise when you are home—this will make the down time easier for them to bear. If you need help with exercise, it's always useful to hire a dog walker.