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These tips will help ease your pets as you return to work

If you're getting ready to head back to work as more of the country reopens, your pets will also have to adjust to your new schedule.

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If you're getting ready to head back to work as more of the country reopens, your pets will also have to adjust to your new schedule.

For your fur babies, it feels like you've been home forever if that's where you've been working during the pandemic. They've been living their best lives.

"That has been a great thing. They love it," said Ryan Kowalewski, a trainer at the Baltimore Humane Society.

Kowalewski said dogs and cats are creatures of habit, and abrupt changes, such as you heading back to work, can create isolation or separation anxiety.

"We can actively head that off with a couple of simple to do things that we can do every day," Kowalewski said.

This might be the toughest, but despite their cute faces, Kowalewski said you should practice making entrances and exits as boring as possible. Basically, ignore them for a short time.

"It's that emotional release from us that creates the anxiety when we leave and, so, it's incumbent on us to basically downplay or do it as casually as possible," he said.

Giving them something to focus on when you leave, such as a treat, can also help. Practice leaving for different lengths of time and shake up your routine. Your pets know when you're about to leave.

"We could do a few things the night before — get our book bag together or stuff to work together ahead of time, keys in our pocket," Kowalewski said.

You can also leave some music on at home, which might help calm your pets a little bit.

The truth of the matter is, Kowalewski said your pet is probably asleep for the day about 10 minutes after you leave.