So just how will they be affected after lockdown
If you bought a dog during lockdown, they’ll need help coming out of the lockdown. Many dogs will be affected after we are set free and the lockdown is over.
Many puppies have already been given up to the RSPCA as in the article found here. Many people were driven by the government sanctions to buy puppies to see them through the period, too many without thinking things through properly or even at all.
Separation anxiety being just one of the many problems that owners will face after sanctions are lifted and people can start getting back to work and socialising more. Also as people return to socialising and going out more the dog can easily become a burden to them, and no longer needed they are given over to shelters or even worse abandoned. All this just because people are selfish and the internet has made it easy to buy puppies, although many are at an extortionate price.
This all brings to mind things that should be done before buying an animal like a dog. A dog is a companion animal and a pack animal, as such he/she becomes part of the family. Therefore thought should be given to the years the dog will live, the cost of feeding and veterinary care all need to be considered.
Dogs,How Will They Be Affected After Lockdown
Many dogs will not have had a decent chance of socialisation during the lockdown, either with people or other dogs. This in itself can cause many behavioural problems that people never thought of. Some could be very nervous, anxious, scared or aggressive. So as the U.K comes out of our houses and back onto streets more dogs will be around with these problems. Knowledgable and dedicated owners will no doubt be able to help their animals through this, but many will just give the dog up labelling it as unfit for a family pet.
“Anxiety is defined as a feeling of intense worry or fear, which usually stems from a threatening situation and even unknown sources. Dogs also feel stressed and become nervous when introduced to new environments, people, and events. When anxiety results in harm, it is then considered as aggression. Therefore, it is important that you make sure you keep your dogs free from anxiety to keep them healthy and harmless.
Aggression is the most dangerous sign of dog anxiety, which can be direct or indirect, depending on the situation. In direct aggression, an anxious dog acts aggressively toward other people, other animals, or even their trainer or owner. Indirect aggression can also be dangerous. It usually happens when the pet owner or another person comes between the source of the aggression and the dog. Excessive barking or growling are considered aggressive behaviours, causing a loud source of noise and annoyance, even if the anxious dog is prevented from causing harm to others.”
- Separation: Many dogs experience anxiety when they are left alone or are separated from family members.
- Fear: A fear-related anxiety can be caused by strange animals or people, loud noises (fireworks, cars), new environments, visual stimuli ( umbrellas, hats), and specific situations like car rides or a visit to the vets office.
Signs and Symptoms
Because stress and anxiety can lead to aggression, the signs and symptoms may range from mild to severe as dogs have varying levels of anxiety toward specific stimuli. While some dogs tend to bark or involuntarily urinate or defecate inside the house to show that their anxious, others can become destructive, causing harm to people and properties. Here are the other signs and symptoms of anxiety and aggression:
- Repetitive or compulsive behaviors
- Excessive barking
All these things drive the part time dog owners and first time dog owners to “get rid of the animal” as it is not suitable for family life. Many of these type of people bought the animal for their own entertainment and companionship during the pandemic but how many will continue to train and help their dogs through the behaviours and how many will just abandon the dog, or even worse, how many already have?