Are you worried about your dog suffering post lockdown loneliness?
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
2020 has been a very different year and not just for us - but also for our dogs. Dogs that were previously used to being left regularly throughout the week and as part of their routines have grown used to having their owners company for significant periods of time.
It's therefore vital that we're preparing our dogs for being left again and that we're doing so at a speed they're comfortable with. By not pushing them and forcing them into stressful situations - or leaving them for too long, too soon - we can continue to build on our relationship with them and ensure that we have happy, relaxed dogs.
A few tips for building up alone time are as follows:
Pick somewhere your dog feels safe and relaxed to leave them - this could be a quiet area or a den (crate)
Ensure your dog's association with their area or den is entirely positive
Minimalise stimulation and distraction from the outside world to avoid spikes in adrenaline
Practice frequent and short durations to begin with
Set up an area in the home (away from where your dog rests) to work
Don't make it a big deal when you do go
Ensure enough physical exercise has been provided at least half an hour before you leave
Ensure that they've been provided with some calming mental stimulation before you leave, such as the use of enrichment feeders or scatter feeding
Do not punish behaviours that result from anxiety or stress (barking, chewing, toileting etc)
If you are worried about leaving your dog or they appear distressed when left then contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.