EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC PROCESS ON DOGS
The coronavirus epidemic, which affected the whole world, brought with it the social isolation and quarantine process around the world. In this process, while almost all of us experience necessary changes in our lives; some of us started to work at home office, and some of us had shorter working hours. When this is the case; Many people who work and own dogs have had the opportunity to spend more time with their dogs. Many families who do not have a dog and are waiting for the right time to have a dog have also made use of this period by adopting a new dog. While we spare more time for our dogs and meet their needs; they also helped us to spend this quarantine period with less stress and made us more friendly than ever before. This mutual therapy is ours; has allowed us to be with our dogs more than ever before, and the commitment, it started to turn into addiction for some of our friends. Everything may seem fine in your friend's life right now; however, when the pandemic process ends and life returns to normal and work, school and social activities begin as before, it may not be easy for your dog to get used to your new tempo and adapt to it. Especially if you have a pup or a young dog, you may face serious behavioral problems in this regard.
DON'T LET YOUR DOG'S ADDICTION TURN INTO ADDICTION
Being together all the time is not a very healthy situation in our relationship with our dogs. Our dogs need to be able to be alone, even for a short time, to spend time on their own. A dog that has never been alone or used to its owner's presence for a long time may falter when faced with a different situation and have difficulty accepting the new order. If you have a dog that is not used to being alone; You may face behavioral problems such as barking, harming things and yourself, changing toilet habits, which can lead to anxiety. Dogs do not easily adapt to rapid changes in your life. Therefore, in order to manage the pandemic process and after, you should spend a few hours a day in a separate room from your dog, I recommend that you leave it alone at home for short intervals and not get used to uninterrupted attention. This way, it will be easier for your dog to adapt to this situation when the routine of your life changes. Commitment is beautiful; But addiction is a disease.
DON'T LET YOUR DOG BE ASOCIAL
Puppies usually spend between 8 and 12 weeks, the most critical for their socialization, with their breeder. This period; It is very important for them to establish social relations with their mothers and siblings, to get used to different sounds, smells and floors, and to get to know the outside world. The socialization process continues in the same way when puppies leave their mothers and go to their new families. If you have adopted a puppy, one of your duties is; is to continue this socialization process in the new life of the pup. Your puppy's experiences as he grows up are an important element in shaping his character. To raise a good-natured dog, you need to socialize your puppy with different people, animals, and situations; however, many of the puppies adopted during the pandemic process,
Most of the pandemic puppies spent more time at home with their families due to the circumstances. They traveled less and experienced less. This situation; When life returns to normal, it can make it difficult to predict how your dog will react to different people and environments. It is a big question mark how he will react to the guest who comes to the house, what kind of behavior he will exhibit when you go to a cafe with him, whether it will disturb the peace of the environment. My advice, especially to dog owners with dogs under one year old: Walk your dog on busy streets as much as possible. Make sure he watches people, even from afar. Let him meet and play with other dogs at the dog park. Social distancing is for us, not our dogs.
Of course, there is no rule that all puppies will develop behavior problems. There will definitely be dogs that go through this process with zero problems and then maintain the same harmony; but I'm sure (and unfortunately) there will be dogs that have been repossessed or abandoned for these reasons. It's up to you to take action before it's too late and to manage this process correctly.