The Government have announced that as part of lockdown easing measures the requirement for people to work from home, where possible, will be lifted from 19th July. This will see many people returning to their places of work and having to leave their pets at home for longer periods.

This can cause Separation Related Behaviour (sometimes referred to as separation anxiety), especially in pets adopted during lockdown where they have been used to having people around for extended periods.

There are a number of factors that may indicate that your dog is struggling to cope during your absence. These behaviours tend to present within the first half an hour of you going out, one way to check is to leave for a short period and return or consider setting up a camera to check. You may notice the following:

  • Destructive behaviour including chewing items they shouldn’t such as furniture and doors (including the door you left through)
  • Pacing, trembling or whining, you are unlikely to witness this as it will occur whilst you are away
  • Excessive barking and howling
  • Urinating, defecating, producing excessive saliva or vomiting
  • Causing harm to themselves
  • Repetitive behaviours

Research has indicated that as many 8 in 10 dogs will struggle when left, with up to 50% of these not showing clear signs. Thankfully, there are a number of steps that can be taken to help ease the transition. (If your workplace gives you the opportunity to undertake a phased return, or continue to work from home, even part time, this allows you a longer time period to implement the steps.)

For the full steps and more advice on Separation Related Behaviour click >here<.

If you find yourself having to Self-Isolate we also have some great tips on how to keep your dog entertained >here<.

If you are concerned that you will be unable to offer your dog the care and attention they need once you return to work please contact us.