Did you know that separation anxiety is very common in dogs? Most dogs are pretty social creatures and can get very lonely and distressed when they are left alone.
It’s also worth noting that any routine changes can affect your dog’s behaviour. During the lock-down, your dog is probably getting used to you being at home a lot more than normal and most dogs love it. However, what will happen when the restrictions on movement are lifted, and everything goes back normal, or “the new normal”?
An abrupt change in routine that may increase the time your dog is home alone can trigger the development of separation anxiety.
Your doggo probably won’t like it and will miss you a lot. He/she just got used to another routine, a much better one, so they won’t understand what has changed.
Dogs will show signs of separation anxiety in different ways but some of the signs are;
These behaviours do not usually occur in the presence of the owner and it is likely that they will probably happen within the first 30 minutes of being alone.
Even if you believe your dog is happy when left home alone you could always check for the hidden signs by filming your dog while you are away.
Ways to help your dog
It is really important that we never punish an anxious dog, even if the behaviour is annoying or frustrating (such as urinating in the house or chewing the furniture). It will not help and in fact, it will most likely make things worse as you raise the dogs anxiety and stress levels even more.
Here are some suggestions of ways to reduce their anxiety
After the quarantine, many dogs will be impacted by the changes in routine. They are used to have you at home all the time now. They will miss you and you will have a hard time leaving your dog home alone. Hopefully these tips will help but if you are concerned, please consider contacting a dog behaviourist for more personalised advice. We highly recommend Dog 999 which is run by our Founder, Rachael and her business partner Sam. Both have a lot of experience with lots of behavioural issues and have years of experience particularly with Rommies, who we know can be very sensitive little souls - Dog999