Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the Coronavirus Quarantine-Part 1
This is such a stressful time for all of us, and our dogs are a source of comfort, most likely discipline has been relaxed, and our old routines have gone out the window. We’re thinking about today and worrying about tomorrow. My biggest fear is that many dogs in this country and around the world are going to suffer from Separation Anxiety when this is all over. This series of articles is on Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety during the Coronavirus Quarantine.
On the one hand, our dogs are glad that we are home, but on the other, they know that we are stressed, and they pick up on our emotions and become stressed, too.
We’re home more than we have ever been, but I’m wondering how it’s going to be when things get back to our new normal – both for us and for our dogs. I want our dogs to be behaviorally healthy later when life has gotten back to normal.
I’ve read so many articles on dogs and quarantine from well-meaning authors who are interested in comforting us during this time. Many of them say to spend a lot of time with our dogs, cuddling them as much as necessary. While that may be good for us in the short run, it’s likely not going to be great for our dogs in the long run.
A New Routine for our Puppy Dogs
Our dogs will have gotten used to a new routine of our being around all the time, and then they’ll have to go back to the old one when we go back to work and leave them alone. For us, we knew this is coming and are ready to go back to our old schedules. But for our dogs, who have weathered the storm with us, all they know is that we are gone and they are alone – again.
Unfortunately, if your dog has any behavior issues now, they are likely to increase later. Now is the time to prevent our dogs from being Velcro dogs and having Separation Anxiety later.
What is Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety?
Separation Anxiety for our dogs is a panic attack – intense fear that overwhelms them. I consider myself a fairly emotionally stable person, but I’ve had two panic attacks during my life, and they are beyond frightening. I couldn’t breathe, was trembling, my feet and hands became paralyzed, and I thought that I was having a heart attack or stroke.
Something similar happens to your dog. He doesn’t have control over his fear because he can’t cope and is terrified of being alone. He gets himself so worked up emotionally that there are physical manifestations and he will do ANYTHING to get you back.
Signs of Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety
- He’ll start to bark uncontrollably or while he is alone, hoping that you will hear him and come back.
- He’ll destroy your furniture because it smells like you and he thinks you may be hiding in your couch.
- He’ll chew your house itself, especially at exit doors and windows – and jump through them – because he knows that’s the way to get outside, but he can also chew through drywalls and baseboards.
- He will pee and poop all over your house hoping that his smell will help you find your way home.
Take Care of Yourself
Don’t watch every single program, press conference, news report on the coronavirus or quarantine. I’m watching a LOT of nature shows on PBS – and a lot of cooking shows and, unfortunately, gaining weight…
Please forgive me
The articles in this series Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the Coronavirus Quarantine are not as lighthearted as my other books and articles because I want to get this information out as soon as possible. It’s difficult to be entertaining during our present circumstances.
Wishing that you stay healthy, stay safe – and stay home.
Please click Part 2 – for the Prep Stuff you may not have thought of.
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – The Prep Stuff
Part 3 – The Everyday Stuff
Part 4 – The Training Stuff
Part 5 – The Other Stuff
Part 6 – Resources
for Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the Coronavirus Quarantine
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