Separation Anxiety in Dogs
While social distancing had become a “temporary” new normal, your dog would have literally been in doggy paradise.
During the past couple of months while social distancing had become a “temporary” new normal, your dog would have literally been in doggy paradise! Dogs, by nature, want little more than shelter, food, love and your companionship therefore during New Zealand’s Covid 19 lockdown our nations dogs had all their dreams come true!
Having my dogs with me 24/7 had brought comfort, laughter, and a welcome excuse to escape the confinements of my home to exercise. Our dogs received more one on one attention, love and human family interaction than they had ever experienced before. However, with this, some concerns have surfaced regarding the health and wellbeing of our nation’s pets post lockdown.
Although I do not profess to be an animal behaviourist, in my line of work as the host of a Doggy HomeStay I have researched, observed and experienced a variety of dog responses when separated from their owners and or placed in an unfamiliar environment.
During the past few months, our pets have become more dependent on their family unit, now that we are back at level 1 and returned to work, school, or university we are again spending more time away from our homes and pets. With all these changes have you noticed any behaviour changes in your dog? Have they adapted well to not having “their” two-legged friends’ home with them day and night? I hope the transition has gone well and your dog has adjusted with little stress or signs of separation anxiety.