It’s been a tough 4 months! Back in March I returned from my holiday early at the start of a global pandemic. Coronavirus was certainly a shock to many and grounded travellers worldwide. It kept many of us stuck in our homes under what felt like house arrest! Since March, we have been on lockdown for most of the time here in Liverpool, with periods of complete self-isolation too due to my asthma. Things are slowly getting back to normal, but no doubt about it, there will be challenges for both us and our dogs! So what post lockdown dog training do you need to consider?
Post Lockdown Challenges for Dogs
During Lockdown, there will have been certain changes that your dog will have started to get used to. As lovely as it is to enjoy more time working from home and cuddling our furry friends, this is itself will pose a challenge. Our pooches have probably got used to having us around. I realised that this was the case when Blake started to cry the second I closed the front door — and this was only after popping to the corner shop!
There’s also the change in routine — if your dog is now used to having you at home but soon you have to return to work, your dog will NOT like this! Where are my humans? He might be asking himself!
Additionally, not many visitors will have been coming to your home over the last few months and so your dog might be more defensive of visitors to the home when coming out of lockdown.
A final challenge for your dog will be that socialisation (with people and other dogs) may have been minimal. Perhaps you were attending dog training classes or clubs that had to be cancelled? Perhaps you had to stop walking with your best human and canine friends temporarily? If your dog was attending doggy daycare or puppy socialisation, this may also have been cancelled?
Post Lockdown Dog Training Tips
To help your dog to get used to being left alone again start by taking short trips to the corner shop or short walks around the block. You can then build this up…