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Post-Pandemic Pooches: Tips for Managing Canine Behavioural Issues

post-pandemic pooches tips for managing dog behavioural issues
27 July 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented changes in our lives, affecting not only us but also our beloved pets. With more people working from home and spending increased time with their furry companions, dogs have grown accustomed to a new routine. However, as we continue to transition back to our pre-pandemic lifestyles, our four-legged friends may experience behavioural issues.

In this blog, we’ll explore some helpful tips to manage canine behaviour issues in the post-pandemic era.

Gradual Adjustment

Just as humans need time to adapt to change, so do our dogs. Whether it’s returning to the office, resuming social activities, or spending less time at home, ease your pup into the new routine. By desensitising them to cues of departure and gradually increasing alone time, this fosters independence and prevents problem behaviours.

Reinforce Basic Training

During the pandemic, consistent training might have taken a backseat. Now is the perfect time to reinforce basic commands such as stay, drop and place, which are a great foundation to be able to move into teaching your dog to relax, self soothe and increase their confidence when being left alone.

Socialisation is Key

Many dogs have become accustomed to being around only their immediate family. Reintroduce them to other dogs and people slowly. Organise playdates, give them environmental exposure or  enrol them in training classes. Proper, well-supervised socialisation can reduce fear and aggression towards strangers or other dogs.

Combat Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a significant issue for dogs accustomed to constant human company. Create a safe and comfortable space for your dog when you’re away, leave interactive toys, and consider playing soothing music. Additionally, avoid making a fuss when leaving or returning home to normalise departures and arrivals.

Regular Exercise

Physical activity is crucial for a dog’s mental and physical well-being. A tired dog is less likely to develop behaviour problems. Stick to a consistent exercise routine that includes daily walks, playtime, and mental stimulation.

Seek Professional Help

If your dog’s behaviour issues persist or worsen, consider seeking professional help from a certified dog trainer. These experts can assess your dog’s specific needs and provide tailored solutions to address any underlying behavioural concerns.

As we navigate the post-pandemic world, it’s essential to remember that our canine companions might need some extra support during this transition period. By implementing these tips and being patient with our dogs, we can effectively manage their behaviour issues and help them lead happier, healthier lives. Remember, understanding and addressing their needs will strengthen the bond we share with our beloved pets, making the post-pandemic journey a positive one for everyone involved.

If you are interested in finding out more on this topic and seeking professional help, we can assist. Contact us now and learn about how Canine Evolution can take your pup from ruff to refined.

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