With most of the world in lockdown and having to work from home, it is understandable that most pet owners are overjoyed at the prospect of spending more time with their furry friends. But does your dog feel the same way, and how is working from home affecting them?
Well, there is no simple answer to this and pet behavioral experts believe that it is all down to who your dog is and his own, unique personality and individual needs.
The first thing to remember is that we are now encroaching on our dogs’ usual territory during the day and disrupting their normal routine. While some dogs love having their owners around 24/7, others might feel confused by this change and could struggle to adapt to their newfound routine.
Some dogs may pick up that something is wrong, especially during this time of high anxiety and worry about the Coronavirus, job losses, economic uncertainty and loved ones who are affected by the virus. This can, in turn, cause them to become anxious and act out in negative ways.
Many dogs are used to getting out more than they do at the moment, with some owners taking them for walks several times a day, car rides and out and about to run errands. When this is taken away, they have a build up of unused energy and can become upset when they cannot used this pent-up energy. Other dogs, who traditionally only get one rushed, short walk during the day, might be delighted at now being walked for a longer period and at their pace.
If you think your dog might be depressed or upset at being cooped up indoors, why not buy or make them some new toys to keep them occupied? If you have a garden, spend some time with them playing with them or teaching tricks.