Have you returned to the office under relaxed lockdown regulations and are now facing yet another challenge with your unruly furry friend who has grown accustomed to you being at home?
Are neighbours complaining about incessant barking while you are not home?
Fact is, the lockdown has taken its toll on our four-legged friends. The first survey on the impact of lockdown - especially on dogs - found that the pandemic has negatively impacted the behaviour of more than a quarter of pets. Desperate dog owners have called on experts to help iron out behavioural problems including barking, howling, biting and the destruction of property.
Never in the history of modern mankind have pets been so important in our lives. Enjoying constant companionship and getting extra attention has been great for both pet and owner. Generally speaking, dogs are pack animals; they love having their family around 24/7. However, it will hurt when it stops.
The easing of the lockdown restrictions as we settle into our “new normal” are likely to cause stress to pets who have become accustomed to the lockdown existence. Separation anxiety is real, and now is a good time to focus on good behaviour obedience training that you may have started when your dog was a puppy.
If unacceptable behaviour is not addressed, it could cause more separation anxiety and ultimately lead to dogs being abandoned if owners fail to cope. Consult with a registered animal behaviourist or trainer if you need to.
Our pets are working hard to bring us joy. Let them know they are doing a great job!
Source: sundaypost.com, dogstrust.ie, iol.co.za, four-paws.org, independent.co.uk, metro.co.uk, theconverstion.com, northglennews.co.za, londonvets.co.uk, abc.net.au
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