Dog owners have been able to spend extra time with their dogs during the COVID19 lockdown and I’m sure most of our dogs have really enjoyed having us around so much more.
Please be aware that all of this extra attention could potentially have a massive effect on our dog’s behaviour when this is all over and our families return to work and school. To help reduce the risk of Separation Anxiety here are a few tips.
1. Try to give your dog some quiet time in another room for 30 mins a couple of times a day. Leave with a chew toy or food toy as well as their bed should they choose to sleep. This will allow them to get used to being alone again just as they had before.
2. Spend time outside in your garden or take a short walk away from the home without your dog, again allowing them to spend time on their own.
3. Place an item of clothing, small comfort blanket or a rag somewhere in the room away from their bed and add a few drops of one of these essential oils, Vetiver, Valerian or Lavender, all are calming and grounding. Neroli and Violet Leaf are especially good for separation. Your dog will seek out the aroma if stressing, these oils are safe, gentle and will help calm the nerves, also promote physical relaxation.
4. Finally, you can use Rescue Remedy by Dr Bach, add a few drops to their water bowl, but make sure you buy the one that has Glycerine added and not brandy. Again, this will hopefully help to keep your dog calm. It would be beneficial if you began using your chosen essential oil and adding Rescue Remedy to your dogs’ water a good 5/7 days prior to the changes that are about to happen within the family home.
Hopefully your furry four-legged member of the family will settle back into normality without any stress.
by Sue Brook, Heathers Lavender House Dog Hotel & Holistic Animal Healing. www.spiritofpegasus.co.uk