With separation anxiety already being one of our most commonly received queries, it is worrying to think of the situation some owners will find themselves in when the lockdown is lifted.
For our dogs, having us home for an unprecedented amount of time is both a blessing and a curse. All of the extra attention and time spent together will inadvertently worsen the behaviour found in dogs who had existing separation anxiety, and it may even develop in dogs who previously had no existing separation anxiety.
If our dogs begin to expect us to be around all the time, it will become much more difficult for them to cope once we go back to normal and we aren’t in the house 24/7.
Start marking preparations now so that your dogs don’t become unnecessarily distressed when the lockdown eventually ends.
Sporadically spend time separated during lockdown, that could be in different rooms, behind a baby gate, in a play pen, or in a crate.
Use your daily 1-hour exercise to stimulate them mentally and physically, then go home and encourage some time apart to give them the tools they need to be comfortable without you.
Don’t put your dog in a position of distress just because it’s nice for us to have them around all of the time. Do the right thing by your dog and give them the tools they need to be content without you.