Helping your furry best friend adjust to life post COVID-19 involves making sure he’s not more stressed because of a change in schedule. Being at home more than usual upends schedules. According toDr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, V07, head of the behavior service Cummings Veterinary Medical Center“Pets” world just suddenly turned upside down,”, “And while individual dogs and cats may vary in their reactions, change in general is very challenging for most animals,” via Tufts Now.
She explains that “Though our pets may enjoy getting to spend more time with us, the dramatic shift in their routines stresses many of them out. As a result, many people who may have dreamed of being home all day with their pets have realized that, in reality, it can be. . . challenging. Many pets are acting needier than usual. This may include constantly being underfoot, relentlessly nosing us to pet them, or barking incessantly to go outside.
Weil goes on to add that “A lot of it is because routines are upended, and pets have no idea how to function in the new world order,” she explained. “Some of it is due to opportunity—pets have us around all the time, so why not keep begging for their next meal or sitting at the door? And much of it is that pets are looking for our attention to relieve their own stress or anxiety, and they only have one or two ways of asking us for that.”
As you can see there are plenty of ways to enjoy the summer with your dogs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping yourdogs fit and healthy is key to helping with behavioral issues like stress and anxiety. All dogs enjoy play and exercising outdoors. Just keep in mind that social distancing is still important when out and about! As usual, follow up with the latest CDC recommendations when traveling with your pets this summer.