Even though there doesn't look like an end to coronavirus quarantine is coming anytime soon, pet experts are warning people about pets getting post-quarantine anxiety when the world goes back to normal.
We've been with Tuffy a ton since all this started. I know he's going to have a tough time when it's finally over.
Here are some steps to get your pup ready for a lot more alone time...
Step 1: Separate -At least twice a day for an hour, put your pet in a room (or a crate in a room) and close the door.
Step 2: Separate some more -Extend the alone time from one hour to three to four hours. Try different forms of isolation, such as putting your dog in a crate in the kitchen or tethering her with a leash in the living room.
Step 3: Buy toys -Put your dog’s meals in toys that dispense food when pushed around. This means the dog has something to occupy their time when you’re not around.
Step 4: Bring the noise -Many dogs, particularly in cities, have adjusted to a quieter life with less traffic, shorter walks, and minimal socializing. Translation: Loud car and truck noises and other dogs may freak them out. Reacquaint them. Start by finding an outdoor spot near lots of activity, take a seat, and let your dog watch the world go by. Expect him to need slow reintroductions to dog parks and house guests.