Life after Coronavirus Will Your Dog Be Ok?

Life after Coronavirus, Will Your Dog Be Ok?

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Without a doubt, our dogs are loving being sheltered at home with them! For a dog, this is a dream come TRUE! 

But … when humans go back to their daily lives and activities, will our dogs be ok?

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Coronavirus: A Whole New World for Us and Our Pets

For most of us, we’ve never seen anything like this before; where life, as we knew it, has completely stopped and shut down. According to the Business Insider on April 7, 2020, approximately 95% of America’s population (roughly 306 million people) is under some form of lockdown as part of “social distancing” efforts.

But for our dogs, being locked down with us 24/7 couldn’t make them happier! (We’ve heard rumors that felines are not as thrilled about the recent turn of events so cat owners, beware!)

But what happens when “life” returns, and we go back to leaving our dogs and other pets home alone for long hours?

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Isolation Distress vs Separation Anxiety

Life will eventually return to some form of normalcy and that will be tough for dogs who, by nature, are social creatures and thrive with the closeness of their “pack” for comfort and security.

Give some thought now about helping your beloved K9 companion transition without falling victim to separation anxiety or isolation distress, both unwanted and negative canine behaviors from stress and anxiety.

Here’s a quick definition of each:

  • K9 Isolation Distress shows the first signs of discomfort at being left alone.
  • If left unaddressed, isolation distress can become more intense and extreme as it transitions into K9 Separation Anxiety, an exaggerated fear experienced by the dog about being alone. It’s like a full-blown panic attack for a human.

As we move from one extreme to the other – during the coronavirus and the eventual recovery – our canines will need our help in effectively readjusting.

Life After Coronavirus

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Remember, just because you can leave your dog home alone for long periods of time, it doesn’t mean it’s good for them emotionally or physically. Few dogs should be regularly left alone for 10- to 12-hour days. (Most dog professionals will advise against leaving dogs alone for more than 4 hours without a break. Senior dogs or very young puppies shouldn’t even be left alone for that amount of time.)

Your dog is relying upon you to make the best decisions for his best quality of life and overall well-being. So, consider these dog-friendly options when you return to work:


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Looking for some easy, but fun ideas to engage/train your dog at home while we are still sheltered-in-place? Check out this video from Fran!

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For more ideas (and resources) for keeping your pet busy and happy during coronavirus, refer to our blog, “Help Your Pet Avoid Cabin Fever During Cold Winter Months.”


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Creating Forever Dogs can STILL help you with all your dog training needs even during the coronavirus and social distancing! 

Our head trainer, Fran Menley, is ready to help you with professional dog training and expert behavioral services through easy phone or video consultations!

Call us today at 303-904-0484 or email us here to get started on creating your forever dog!


Additional Reading

AKC: Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed

ASPCA: Separation Anxiety

Pets.Webmd: How to Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

Modern Dog Magazine: Brain Boosting Games

Image Credits (Shown in Order)

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Photo by Donny Fuego from Pexels

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Image by tookapic from Pixabay

Image Courtesy of Creating Forever Dogs