During the pandemic of 2020, we’ve all spent more time at home with family and pets. Surely your dog must be wondering why you’re around the house so much these days – but of course, also secretly loving the extra attention.
More bonding and playtime with your dog has likely been one of the positive experiences through this. And for some, their dog has been a lifeline of comfort and stability during challenging and isolating times.
As some areas and states wind back their lockdowns – there are new considerations to make about how to get your pets and family reacquainted with less time together.
A recent survey in Canada reports that half of those interviewed say they have a dog at home with separation anxiety issues after returning to work. Australian data wasn’t at hand from this survey – but, I’m sure we all intuitively know that this could be a difficult time transitioning from lockdown to a post-lockdown world.
Animal Wellness Magazine has more information and helpful hints on how to take steps to reduce dog separation anxiety when dog parents return to work.
P.s. If you’re still in lockdown (like I am in Melbourne) this may not be on your radar of concern just yet. Hang in there! It can be something to think about when our time comes to venture back out into the world.