Separation Anxiety Post Lockdown

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

One good thing that came out of the hard lockdown is that we got to spend a lot of time with our pets. Binging on Netflix series or baking banana bread, our fur babies were always by our side.

Now that the economy has opened up and most of us are back in the office or working from home, we don’t have as much time to spend with our precious pooches.

For puppies adopted in lockdown or for anxious dogs used to spending every waking moment with their human, this might come as quite a shock. So what can we do to help them? We need to understand the stress that separation anxiety can have on our pets and the symptoms to look out for. We also need to equip ourselves with the knowledge to help our best friends become the happy and confident hounds that they are meant to be.

Dogs are social animals who thrive on company and consistency. Separation anxiety and panic attacks can occur when dogs are suddenly separated from their human after a long period of time together.

The term “Separation-Related Behavior” is used to describe the stress response that occurs when a dog is left alone or their owner is not in close proximity to them.