The Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, which affects the whole world, is a serious source of stress and concern for all of us. During the quarantine process, it is a fact that we are constantly afraid of losing our health and loved ones, far from our normal life. This article about the quarantine process and dogs will guide you. One of the good things about this quarantine and home work period for those who share their life with the dog (s) is that we have the chance to spend more time with them. It makes us all happy to be with them all day after we wander away at work and think about and miss our dog. Knowing that dogs are not infected with this virus, according to the findings so far, is a comforting detail. However, it is still useful to be cautious and take a few precautions. (WHO)
Precautions That Can Be Taken For Dogs During The Quarantine Process
- Keep your walks short, return home after you have completed your toilet needs.
- Walk outside with people at least 2 meters away.
- Don’t let your dog smell the litter on the floor, move away.
- Do not allow anyone to touch or approach your dog.
- Take care of paw hygiene when returning from short walks. At least during this period, do not kiss your dog’s mouth-nose area.
- Use the cleaning products recommended by your veterinarian, follow their warnings. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
It was frequently stated that people living with animals felt less alone, coped with stress more easily, and even had higher immunity in this period.
Behavioral Changes in Dogs
The fact that our lives have changed completely means that our dog’s life is similarly affected.
The whole order in our homes has changed.
Our entrance and exit hours, the time we spent at home, the sounds and smells from the streets have changed.
Our habits and the people in the house broke down.
Everything is different, including the smell of our home!
We know the reason for this change, but unfortunately our dogs cannot make sense of these changes like we do. Yes everything is changing – but why?
Some behavioral changes that can be seen in dogs due to stress during the quarantine period
Loss of appetite Depression, reluctance, withdrawal Sleeping constantly Not knowing what to do Newly emerged bark Gnawing increase Increased self-licking or other obsessive-compulsive disorders.
What Can I Do To Relieve My Dog During The Quarantine Process?
First of all, remembering that dogs are experts at reading your body language, we should try to appear as comfortable to them as possible.
We should not expose them to shouting, fighting or crying that will disturb their peace.
Likewise, we shouldn’t have conversations with them in a pathetic or hopeless tone. We must try to behave normally.
Even if we cannot fully implement the routine, we must maintain the order as much as we can.
We need to find activities and games that can be practiced at home and that will tire them physically and MENTAL.
We have to give their food with interactive toys and sniffing games to ensure that they spend energy and have fun. Boring food containers should be shelved especially during this period!
Since we will get bored with the toys in the house, we should rotate the existing toys and change them every few days. In this process, we should not allow him to do anything that you did not allow before and after the quarantine.
Quarantine and Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Dogs are animals that bond very quickly and easily, and it seems like our constant home stay will make them more dependent or even “dependent” on us.
While most dogs are actually used to us leaving the house and going to work, the quarantine process will put them into a completely different routine: being with them all the time.
Dogs will also quickly get used to being with them and not being alone.
And when the quarantine process is over and we return to our normal lives, many dogs will not be ready for it.
This problem may recur, especially in dogs that have previously experienced separation anxiety (not being alone) problems.
Dogs that have never experienced this problem will also likely have this problem. With some measures we will take during the quarantine process, we need to prepare them for post-quarantine.
How do I prepare my dog for post quarantine?
Don’t pay too much attention to your dog while at home. Do not constantly sit in lap. Give him breaks in solitude: ignore it and ignore it. When you clean / cook a place at home, leave it in another room. (Of course he’ll know you’re home, but at least he’ll practice loneliness.) If he has crate training, encourage him to stay in his cage for some time during the day. Try not to break your routine. Enter the toilet alone! 🙂 If you have a chance to leave the house even for a short time; Make sure to leave him alone for a while during the day and come out. Sit in your car, take a short walk. If you have a routine when leaving the house (like giving him a treat and going out), do it. Do whatever you normally do when leaving the house. While doing these, avoid exaggerated movements. Try to normalize everything. Remember, precautions for separation anxiety are much easier than fixing this problem!