How to help your dog adjust to life after the COVID-19 lockdown

By Claudia Bensimoun

First published in Animal Wellness magazine

Helping your dog adjust to life after the COVID-19 lockdown involves determining his emotional reaction to your lifestyle changes, and taking some simple steps to help him through it.

Many of us are on lockdown with our dogs, but what happens when life goes back to normal? COVID-19 has allowed us to spend long periods of time with our furry best friends, all the while enjoying longer walks, and plenty of couch time with them at home. Being in tune with your dog’s personality changes is key to recognizing when he’s stressed out, anxious or depressed, which he may be when you return to your standard schedule! Read on if you’re a pet parent preparing to return to “normalcy” after the pandemic.

Dogs are creatures of routine

Our furry best friends, for the most part, crave routine. They seem to predict when it’s time to go on a walk, eat dinner, and head to bed. When these routines change, so do their emotional states. Though it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of their distress in times of drastic change, too many adjustments can cause them to become depressed or anxious.

Helping him adjust – first steps

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DACVB, President of the Center for Canine Behavior Studies, offers a few ways to help dogs adjust to life after the COVID-19 lockdown. First, he recommends chatting with your vet to rule out any health issues. You may be able to use a telemedicine service during the COVID-19 lockdown. Along with a veterinary consult, you’ll need to watch your dog for unusual behavioral changes.

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Woofs & Wags!

C.B

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