You're home all day, with plenty of time for walks and attention, what better way to spend this time then to get a new puppy? Puppies are little bundles of love and joy, and during these testing times, could feel like a breath of fresh air for you and your family. But what do we know dogs depend on? Routine.
There has been a lot of discussion recently of an imminent rise in separation anxiety in our pets, particularly new dogs. Having you home all day to give them love and affection will become a normal routine for them. As we eventually begin to transition back to our working and social lives, these new puppies won't understand how to be alone. More often or not resulting in separation anxiety.
What is separation anxiety in dogs? It's an anxious emotion dogs can experience whenever they are left alone or apart from their human. Some fearing that with many puppies being brought up constantly surrounded by people, we will see a concerning rise of this separation anxiety within these new pets once these COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
So this begs the questions, should we be getting puppies during this time of isolation? I guess the most important thing we can do is take this change of daily routine into consideration when training our new pup. Ensuring they are taught the ability to be alone. It could be as simple as assigning your dog time in a separate room or backyard each day, and providing toys for them to occupy themselves.
There are plenty of training techniques that can still be used during this self isolation period to lower the risk of separation anxiety in your dog. Click here to see a method by RSPCA uk, on how to teach your dog to be left alone. Or click here to read our blog on Separation Anxiety.