I had experienced something with city dogs especially. They seems bit uneasy with whats going on. As I understand dogs are most connected to our emotional and they understand the fear and tension we have. The City dogs are eating less, wondering whats going on. Where all the peoples, cars and things have gone. They understand it and feeling uneasy to whats going on. I like to know here few things from our reeders.
1. Does anyone else experienced that their dog is eating less?
Other things are with birds. As traffic go back on track it will kill and harm may birds. I seen many died three days before when some relaxation to go out was given in my area. The reason looks they were not expecting it as there were no traffic from months. All of sudden it is again a test for their traffic flying and chasing skills.
2. Does anyone else experienced that ?
As most of the pets are enjoying the best time with their owners. At the same time they experience fears too. But what will happen after lockdown. Apart from the above birds thing, how pets experience is going to change? Most of the pets, especially dogs have emotional attachment to us, they right now enjoying our company. As lockdown will end, peoples will start going out and back to work. So that will be a totally different emotional experience for your pets, they liking your company. They will dislike it if you are not there. This will end up with a severe separation anxiety experience for your dogs especially.
Speaking to The Times, Dr Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist prolific author, educator and animal welfare advocate, explained: “With such an overload of quality time with their families, dogs are building up a huge reservoir of over-dependency which could see them suffer when mums and dads suddenly return to work and the children go back to school.”
This distress could manifest itself in a variety of ways, according to Dr Mugford, who said that, when left alone, pet dogs can chew furniture, bark, go to the bathroom inside, and “sometimes even self-harm”.
“Put a webcam on your dog and you’ll see howling and pacing and other distress signs,” he said.
To help furry friends ease into the unavoidable separation that will occur when social distancing measures are lifted, Dr Mugford recommends owners begin now – by separating themselves from their pet for 30 minutes at a time, several times a day.
The reminder to consider how dogs will respond to the return to daily life comes amid an increase in pet adoption numbers in countries around the world, as people look to animals as a source of comfort. Dr. Mugford is founder of Company of Animals and The Animal Behaviour Centre in Surrey.