Eventually I’ll have to go back to work, how will my dog adapt?

Eventually I’ll have to go back to work, how will my dog adapt?

I adopted a new dog during the pandemic and have been home with him most of the time. What will happen if he barks during the day once I eventually must go back to the office and he’s home alone?

It is very smart to start thinking about this now! First, we recommend that you begin training your dog how to be comfortable at home alone as soon as possible. Contact a professional dog trainer for personalized help. It is also a good idea to talk to your neighbors ahead of time. Let them know that you want to make sure your dog is quiet when you return to work and are working on training. Provide them with your contact info so that they can call you (instead of filing a complaint with us) if there is barking initially.

When we do receive a barking dog complaint, we first look to see if there have been other official complaints to our agency. If there are none, we start by mailing a letter. This letter makes the dog owner aware that there has been a complaint, provides information about the relevant County code, gives tips on solving the problem and has the contact information of an officer who the dog owner may call if they have questions. No further steps are taken unless there are additional complaints and actual evidence of code violation. Plan now, train your dog to be quiet when left alone, and both you and your neighbors will be grateful!

Each month, you will have the chance to have your questions answered by the animal shelter. Email your questions to Jennifer_Keene@co.washington.or.us and we will try to answer as many as possible. For more information on these topics and more, please visit www.WashingtonCountyPets.com. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located in downtown Hillsboro at 1901 SE 24th Ave