How to introduce your ‘pandemic puppy’ to normal life as Covid restrictions ease from today

New dog owners have been urged to be attentive to their dog’s needs as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, there has been a surge in families taking in a “pandemic puppy,” and Dogs Trust has put together some tips for owners as their pooches are seeing normal lives for the first time.

Getting back to normal can also be a challenge for more mature dogs who have not been socialized in over a year.

Dr. Rachel Casey, director of dog behavior and research at Dogs Trust, said, “Many of us have longed for a return to normal, and now we are almost normal.

“But for our dogs, the sudden appearance of the world could be particularly confusing.

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“This applies in particular to so-called ‘pandemic puppies’ who may experience new things for the first time.

“The good news is, it’s not too late to prepare your dog, to take some time to gradually introduce new things and teach them important skills that will help them cope with new experiences.”

Stays

Owners vacationing their dog for the first time this year should consider their pet’s needs.

All dogs are individuals with their own personalities and needs, so dog-friendly accommodation will vary from dog to dog.

Owners should:

  • Find out about the type of accommodation and whether dogs have access to all parts of the accommodation
  • Think about what means of travel will be needed and how long the trip will take
  • Research the area and local walks to determine if it is suitable for your dog. You should find out if it is calm or busy, if dogs can be kept on a leash or unleaded, and if other animals or farm animals in the area may be scared if the owner’s dog is not on a leash
  • Determine if there your dog will encounter new experiences and environments to deal with. It could be first time on the beach or seeing cattle in the country

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Road trips

Puppies may not have had long car trips. So if you want to keep traveling this summer, it is a good idea to introduce your dogs to cars and road trips.

It’s important to make sure dogs are always safe and feel safe when they’re in the car, no matter where they’re going.

Dog walkers

With many employees returning to the office, owners may consider using a dog walker to break up their dog’s day.

If your dog hasn’t come into contact with many people in the past year, he can be very suspicious of visitors.

You can teach them not to respond to a knock on the door or the doorbell, or encourage them to run to their bed when they hear a knock on the door.

You can then start having people around to get your dog used to other people in your home and rewarding your dog for good behavior.

Weddings

With the weddings in full swing again, you might consider including your pooch on your special day.

If you are considering giving your dog groomsmen duties, make sure he has his own cozy space to relax and prepare in advance.

Guests should also be made aware that your four-legged friend is involved in proceedings and how you behave around them.

Noise and fireworks

Public fireworks shows were canceled last year, meaning many puppies acquired in the past 12 months have not experienced the amount of loud pops and hisses that dogs can find stressful and scary.

November may seem a long way off, but the key to avoiding any noise anxiety is to prepare early. You can now do things like B. Keeping your home safe and creating a safe hiding place if your pooch is scared.

It is generally helpful to prepare for loud noises, especially since it gets busier along the way and noises like traffic can make dogs nervous.

To be left alone

It is important that we continue to teach our dogs how to deal with being alone to avoid separation anxiety, as many of them have had very little time from us in the past year.

You can teach your dog to calm down and relax before you leave by rewarding relaxed behavior and delaying the reward to encourage him to stay relaxed longer.

One of the main reasons dogs are turned over to Dogs Trust is because of behavioral issues that could have been prevented early on.

An increase in problem behaviors due to lockdowns like separation anxiety could mean families have no choice but to give up their dog.

The Dogs Trust Dog School is again offering face-to-face training courses to prepare dogs for a normal life.

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