Separation Anxiety – Caused by Covid-19
It’s safe to say that our dogs, for one are absolutely loving lock-down and self isolation. They have never had so much attention, training, exercise and company in their lives. But fast forward a few (or several) months when we all have to go back to work – imagine how that would feel for your dogs – suddenly being left alone!
One way to ease this transition would be to source a doggie daycare service when you return to work and in this case, you won’t need to worry too much about separation anxiety as your dog will continue to get the same attention during the day as they are getting now. But if you are not planning on booking your furry friend into daycare when you return to work, then you need to put some measures in place NOW to help prevent separation anxiety and ease your dog back in to coping with solitary confinement when we all suddenly disappear!
To help with this transition, try to spend some time away from your dog and work it into your routine every week. Remember to always leave your dog with something interesting to do to keep them busy whilst you are away – a stuffed kong, a tasty chew or puzzle feeder will help by linking something good (the chew) with something bad (you leaving).
Some suggestions are:
- Work in another room whilst your dog relaxes in another.
- Do some gardening without your dogs – potting small plants, mowing the lawn and leave them inside with a chew.
- Cook dinner in the kitchen alone and leave doggie in the living room.
- Take a shower or have a nap and leave your furry companion downstairs.
The list is endless…. I am expecting a big influx in separation anxiety cases when normality returns and owners start going back to their daily lives and returning to the office. Doing the above will help prevent this. Happy Training!