Sep 20, 2021 5:00:02 PM
For nearly a year now, this country has been living in, and adjusting to, a different way of life during the pandemic, but what has this meant for our pets, and our canine companions in particular?
Depending on how their owners’ lives have changed will indicate how much pets’ lifestyles and routines have changed. Depending on your dog’s personality, they may have struggled with changes to their daily routine or equally may have acclimatised very well and taken it all in their stride. When making any changes to your dog’s routine, it is important to consider their individual personalities and how they may cope with change, as it is best to avoid distress wherever possible.
There are several often-overlooked aspects of our pets’ lives that may have changed as a result of the pandemic:
If you have spent some extra time at home, your dog may have enjoyed the extra company, but they may then struggle when it is time for you to return to work. This is a difficult situation to overcome and may require the help of a professional such as a behaviourist or trainer. It, therefore, may be useful to consider this prior to your dog becoming stressed with the changes in their daily routine.
At the time, extra hours at home can appear very exciting for the pet, but when the time comes for the owner to return to work or they can no longer spend so much time at home, this may lead to varying degrees of separation anxiety. Below, we will explore several tips on how to avoid anxiety and stress associated with pets being left on their own.
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Hopefully some of our tips will help you or your dog during the pandemic, however, if you have any further concerns about your dog, we would recommend contacting your veterinarian for further advice and guidance.
“…animal welfare organisations have been warning that pets who have never known anything other than their humans being around all the time could struggle to adjust when owners return to the workplace post-lockdown.” [The Guardian, July 2021]
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