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This is a reminder that the pandemic impacted your pets deeply. During stay-at-home orders, depending on your circumstances, you may have found yourself anxious, worried, angry, or cooped up and bored. Some, alternatively, realized their lives were artificially busy, and have experienced deeper connections with their immediate family. As we re-enter the world, it is good to note that as varied as your own reactions have been, your companion animals have just gone through a fairly big change as well, and will need help adjusting.
One dog told me he felt he had to patrol too much, checking on too many people
Some clients say they have discovered a deeper bond with their companion animals. At our home, we live with a cat who was once semi-feral. She loves us, but has needed a lot of personal space. Ironically, our absolute 24-hours-at-home routine has changed her tremendously. She loves helping my 12-year-old do his homework daily, sitting sentinel on his bed for hours while he works, and has become snuggly, and even asks for petting.
Although these behaviors need to be reined in, understand that they were trying to process your stress as well as your own
Other pets, especially the territorial ones, may have acted a little stressed out if your home felt crowded. One dog told me he felt he had to patrol too much, checking on too many people. Another terrier mix started nipping everyone to feel in control of a space that used to be his alone for eight hours a day. Although these behaviors need to be reined in, understand that they were trying to process your stress as well as your own. Try to catch them being good, and re-establish routines and even training for dogs, if you have an animal who tries to be in charge.
For the pets plagued with separation anxiety, re-entry could be very hard, because they felt so secure with you around so much more. It is very important to create routines, focused attention (10 minutes a day just with them), and a lot of exercise to tire them out.
If your companion animal is confused by the changes the pandemic has wrought in your home, you can book a 30-minute session at www.petseyeview.com. To ensure your pet is living her best life, please visit www.petseyeview.com, and download my ebook, “Giving Your Pet a Purpose.” You can also call me at 949.282.3506.