Pet Behavior in a Pandemic

With the unprecedented times we live in and a large portion of society working from home, it comes as no surprise to me that we are receiving an increased number of calls and comments about a pet’s behavior in the home. Any disruption in the normal routine of an animal’s day can cause stress and uncertainty (especially if you’re a cat who feels she was not consulted before such changes took place) and signs of boredom become quickly apparent when you’re trying to work and they think your sole purpose in being home is to dote on them. So what can you do to help, and relieve boredom?

Set aside time to play a game. This can come in the form of playing with a toy, teaching them to play hide and seek with you, or by hiding a toy for them to find. These sessions don’t have to be long. Take a 5-minute break and see what a difference it can make!

Go for a walk. This seems like a no-brainer when it comes to dogs, but oftentimes we’re in a hurry to get back to what we need to do. It’s important to take your dog on a walk that exercises both mind and body at least once a day.

If you need to keep them occupied while you attend to other things, use treat or puzzle toys (But be sure to balance these out with their meals so they’re not overeating!)
Incorporate training sessions into your day. Dogs and cats alike can benefit from learning new things and they’ll love interacting with you!

Ideas for all of these things can be found online, just be sure to keep it positive and fun for all involved! Incorporating them into your day can help you as well as them, strengthening the human/animal bond in the process.

Anya expresses her opinion on Rachel being home

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Clifford shows off his Kong.

Rachel Cerutti is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a special interest in pet behavior. She is Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified and working towards a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior. 
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