Dog experts raise the alarm: "Many dogs may suffer from separation anxiety once the Coronavirus quarantine is over."
Spending every minute of the day with a human is every dog's dream, but when the Coronavirus blockade ends, our four-legged friends will have to return to "normal life" without constant company, and this could create problems. Dog experts believe that the lifting of restrictions to contain Coronavirus could cause "extreme separation anxiety" in the millions of dogs that have become accustomed to the constant company of their owners during isolation.
Speaking to the Times, Dr. Roger Mugford - an animal psychologist serving the British royal family - explained: “With such a quality time overload with their families, dogs are building a huge build-up of excessive addiction. This could make them suffer when the "mothers" and "dads" suddenly return to work and the children return to school. "
Separation anxiety is not only psychologically harmful. Reports from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stress that pets could attempt "to dig and chew doors or windows, which could lead to self-harm, like breaking teeth, cutting and tearing the front legs and damaging the nails ".
The possible solutions
According to Dr. Mugford, the best way to prevent this type of behavior is to gradually get the dog used to your absence. You could start with a 30 minute "break". Mugford also suggests placing a webcam in the house to see how Fido reacts when he is left alone.
However, leaving your puppies alone even for short periods of time could prove to be a difficult task for millions of people. Many rely on the company of man's best friend to stay sane during isolation. That's why experts also recommend keeping your puppy busy through enrichment activities such as interactive toys.