It is no secret that COVID-19 is affecting human in the world, but have you thought about how this will affect your pet? Especially your dogs and cats? For many of us, our pets are our family members and when our life gets disrupted, their life is disrupted too.
As of now, we believe that COVID-19 cannot be spread by dogs, however our dogs are being impacted. With social distancing we cannot take them out to parks and play areas that we would visit on a regular basis. This not only effects them socially but it effects their physical exercise as well. If you are working from home but usually leave for the office every day, your pets normal routine will be altered which can affect how much they sleep or play independently. As more and more businesses are forced to close, veterinary, grooming and training appointments will be cancelled, which can affect your pets physical and mental health.
Although we can see how our routines can affect our pets, we also need to consider how our stress can affect them. Everyone has increased anxiety right now and your anxiety and stress can lead to stress and anxiety in your dog. I know it is easy to say and hard to do, but try to stay calm during these uncertain times. Take time to be calm with your pet by petting them, grooming them, playing with them and when possible, take a walk around the block. We have no idea how long these uncertain times will last but there are things we can do to make them more bearable. Relax with your dog, train your dog from home (Truly Force Free has many videos and blogs that can help you with this) and just take one day at a time.
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