Preparing For Life After lockdown

ACTION THAT YOU CAN TAKE TODAY TO HELP YOUR DOG

Imagine a place called Earth, the date is March 2020 and a silent killer is trying to rule the world and forcing nearly all humans to stay indoors …… oh wait you don’t have to imagine as that really is happeningdog-2579874_1280-300x197 Preparing For Life After lockdown

For the last 6 plus weeks, the majority of us have been in self-isolation and enjoyed the companionship of our four-legged friends. No doubt Dogs have enjoyed the company and cats have wanted you to go to work (I’m sure my neighbor’s cat was laughing at me as he roamed outside, and I had to stay in)

Part of this strange and unusual times has enabled us to have a lovely walk with our 4-legged friends and your dog having all his favorite family members home

The ‘Stay-at-home’ restrictions are now starting to be lifted, and hopefully, we will all be able to start going about our daily lives start spending more money being b able to leave the house for longer periods each day and meet a friend as long as we social distance. As a result, it is important to make sure we consider the impact that this will have on our dogs who have got used to our company 24/7.

Any dog owners (including myself) are concerned that separation anxiety will be a big problem as dogs start being left ho alone

In some ways, this is a tricky question to answer as symptoms can vary from dog to dog. As with humans, some dogs cope better than others being left alone. Take y two as an example who are both rescues Roxy doesn’t cope that well with being left for long periods but Missy copes much better especially  if I leave something on such as Through a Dog’s Ear

Separation anxiety is displayed in many different forms and could look or sound like howling, pacing, panting, excessive drooling, scratching at windows and doors, having “accidents” indoors are just some of the signs

I am sure you don’t want to think of your dog being unhappy and anxious when left

STICK TO A ROUTINE WHERE POSSIBLE

Now that we are slowly coming out of lockdown it is important to try and return to some kind of work schedule This includes taking your dog at the times you would when you were out and about working,, feeding the same time and allowing them quiet time so they can sleep By doing this your dog will adapt more quickly when you finally do go back to work

 

It is important that you find the time and continue to play and train as you did during lockdown

Your dog has to contend with you not being around as much, so let’s not make it more difficult by taking away the things that have been part of his new life

Build independence

Whilst we all know that dogs rely on us for many things it is also important that they have a level of independence from us as this also builds up confidence

Try to factor in time apart from your dog each day to help them be more able to cope when they are left alone.

Perhaps encourage them to relax and settle on their bed or crate while you work This could be in a separate room to you with the door closed or behind a child gate is important that you start with short tie spans so you do not stress your dog out and slowly build this up over time

With my two rescues, I find leaving a radio on to provide a bit of stimulation seems to help them feel less lonely and also drowns out noises from outside that may stress the. They and they appear to like Sooth Radio

When encouraging your dog to settle, provide them with enrichment toys or activities that don’t involve you. Activity feeders, stuffed kongs, chews, and toys are great things to use, please make sure they are solid and cannot be destroyed easily #

That’s it for one.  Part two will be published tomorrow.  In the meantime, if you have any questions please let e know

 

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