Emotions are running high right now. Some people are concerned they could become sick if they go to work.
Others are worried about how to pay the mortgage and other bills since they were recently laid off. Still others are navigating this new way of learning called “homeschooling”.
At first, staying home for a few days sounded like a much-needed vacation. But several weeks later, stress is building up in us and our pets.
Dogs are emotional beings, just like animals. And they can mirror our emotions.
For instance, I can be working at my computer and when something doesn’t go right, I pound the desk in frustration.
Then I notice, out of the corner of my eye, Zippy, my 11 ½-year-old yellow Lab, get up from where he had been sleeping, duck his head, and quietly leave the room.
He picked up on my frustration which wasn’t directed at him at all.
Since you don’t have to get up for work, you may have started sleeping in and your dog has missed his morning walk. Perhaps you’ve been making more trips to the refrigerator and your pup has been getting more treats too. Obesity can cause a host of problems but that’s a topic for another blog.
It’s possible your pet has adjusted well to you being at home more, but he might develop separation anxiety when you head back to the office and the kids go back to school. That’s why it’s important to think ahead and take steps now to prevent the anxiety from developing in the first place.
Stick to a schedule
Recreate the schedule you had before Covid-19 got in the wa