If you adopted a dog at the height of the pandemic, you’re not alone. Nearly 1 in 5 American households, more than 23 million people, adopted a pet during the COVID shutdown, according to the ASPCA.
These sweet COVID pups offered much-needed companionship, but as offices open back up and people return to their normal routines of work and school, pets and their people are struggling to adjust to post-pandemic life.
3 Common Issues Dog Parents Struggle with Post-Pandemic
The pandemic has taken a toll on many aspects of our daily lives, and the change in routines and added stress levels have affected our pets as well.
Here are the most common issues that dog parents are seeing as they transition back into normal daily routines:
1. Separation Anxiety
With many people working and attending school from home, dogs that were adopted during the pandemic have gotten used to seeing their humans every day.
Many of these dogs have never experienced being home alone before, especially not for the extended hours required by most jobs. Pandemic pups across the country are struggling with separation anxiety as they’re thrown into new routines.
If your dog has displayed any of these symptoms, it’s likely they also have separation anxiety:
- Destructive behavior
- Excessive barking
- Urinating or defecating in the house
- Excessive Shedding
2. Lack of Socialization
When you adopt a puppy, veterinarians and trainers recommend socializing your puppy as much as possible. The more different situations they can experience, the more comfortable and confident your pup will be in those situations in the future.
Unfortunately, proper socialization became all but impossible at the height of the pandemic. In-person training classes were moved to virtual, puppy playgroups were postponed because of social distancing rules, and many people delayed getting together with friends and family.
Because of this, many puppies grew up with little exposure to other people, pets, and public situations. This lack of socialization can lead to fear, anxiety, stress, and sometimes even aggression in dogs.
Many pet owners have also put off meeting with trainers or attending training classes out of caution, which has led to an increase in behavior issues as well.
3. Time Management
When you work from home and have limited options for social activities, you have more free time to dedicate to your pup, like going for long walks and meeting their exercise and enrichment needs.
As pet parents get back into the office and children return to the classroom, it can be tough to find time for your dog’s 45-minute walk in between school drop-offs, late work hours, home errands, and parent-teacher conferences.
Pet parents have a lot to juggle, and there’s been little time to adjust to this new routine, for both the dogs and their humans.
How Can You Help Your Pet Transition to Their New Normal?
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Those fast-acting results make a big difference in your dog’s stress levels while you’re away at the office. Our calming aids help relieve your dog’s anxiety symptoms, so you both can get back to the moments that make pet parenthood worth it: creating a special bond between you and your dog.