SYone Autumn Edition 2020

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ADVICE TO DOG OWNERS TO HELP

THEIR PETS ADJUST TO THE CHANGE

As some return to work, we're issuing advice to dog owners to help their pets

adjust to the change...

For many of us, life has changed significantly during the Covid-19 lockdown and

it's also changed for our dogs. When the restrictions are lifted, we will have to

adjust again to returning to our normal routines - and our pets will too.

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TOP TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR DOG

• Gradually change the timings of your dog's routine to the way they will eventually be. If the time you feed

or walk your dog has changed due to lockdown then slowly start to change it back to how it was before.

Doing this can prevent your dog from experiencing frustration and anxiety when their daily schedule

suddenly doesn't match what they've come to expect.

• Begin to gradually return your dog's routine to normal before it must change. Consider the number of walks,

location and times that are part of your dog's normal routine. Gradually adjust your walks to match this. Our

dogs may not be left alone at all during lockdown or for brief intervals only, and they're getting much more

attention and interaction. But if this is likely to change when you go back to work then you need to prepare

them for that. Begin to gradually decrease the amount of attention you give your dog and increase the time

they spend on their own. This may include not playing with your dog every time they ask or not stroking

them every time, they nudge you. Don't completely ignore your dog as this may confuse them but do give

them something better to do like a comfy bed to lay on or a tasty chew to settle with.

• Give them a routine as close as possible to the one they'll experience when restrictions are lifted. Help your

dog spend more time alone by encouraging them to rest in their own bed or keeping them in a separate

room while you do something else.

• Give your dog clear signals about when they can be involved in interactions and when they need to occupy

themselves. Chew toys or interactive toys your dog can use without you can help you to do this.

• Try to keep interaction time for when you will be available once your routine is back to normal, for example

in the evenings after dinner.

• You may also want to think about leaving the house without the dog to help your dog to gradually get used

to this part of their routine again. If you need to build up this time for a longer duration or for more frequent

absences, think about going to sit in the car to read a book, so that you can leave the house and stay within

government guidelines. However, if your dog shows any distress when left alone then pause your plans and

seek the support of a qualified behaviorist.

• If you are returning to using a dog walker, friend or family member to care for your dog while you are busy,

they might be very excited or even a little apprehensive having spent time with only you. It can be useful

for you to remain home on the first walk or two, just in case your dog needs any extra support from you.

Source: RSPCA

REDUCE STRESS ADVICE:

Security blankets, specialised treats and personal toys also provide comfort for stressed-out pets. Try to use items

that already contain our scent, perhaps a towel or blanket, which will make canines feel even more secure.

Calming background noise like classical music has been used to “calm the savage beast” and can work the same for

many dogs. While we’re away from home, these relaxing tones can provide comfort during our absence. Some pet

owners simply leave the television set on for some companionship while we’re busy and work, school or while

running errands.

Providing mental stimulation is just as effective as physical exercise and the two can also be combined.

Think about different types of toys available that entice a dog to work for a treat or reward.

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