Pandemic causing changes in pet dog behavior, survey shows

Changes in people’s lifestyles during the coronavirus pandemic have been reflected in their pets, a Japanese survey showed.

A current study by the dog information website “Inunavi” showed that a total of 56 percent of owners state that their pets’ behavior has changed since the time before the pandemic.

The online survey conducted by the website in March received responses from 694 people who own dogs aged between puppies and 18 years.

“Changes in owners ‘lifestyles, such as working from home, are proving to be a bit stressful (for their dogs),” said an Inunavi representative, urging owners to take better care of their pets’ emotional and physical wellbeing To take care of.

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In the survey, 70 percent said they spend more time at home because of teleworking or because their jobs, such as restaurants, are shorter.

To a multiple choice question about certain behavioral changes, 254 replied that their dogs now require constant attention, followed by 98 who said the dogs are now following them, while 65 replied that their dogs bark more than before.

The survey found that 78 percent saw no change in their dogs ‘appetite, while 50 percent said they had seen no change in their pets’ sleeping habits.

In the additional comment section, many said they had increased the number of walks to reduce their dogs’ stress, while others wrote that they had tried to “refrain from feeding (them) too many treats”. Some also said that they take care of their dogs’ weight as they cannot go dog runs.

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