Vet’s Kitchen has launched a new “roadmap” to help pets adjust to life after Covid and help avoid the problems of separation anxiety.
The five-point plan, with a “nod” to Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, is set to help owners make sure their pets are reintroduced to the world “gently and risk-free”.
The dog food manufacturer stressed the importance of laying the foundations with coping mechanisms and “lots of strokes and reassurance”.
Points within the new guidance include slowly reintroducing guests to your home one or two people at a time, despite the current rule of six.
It also advises that if visiting a pub with your dog, keep them on a lead ideally outside with lots of open space, and after a long walk so that your dog is tired and does not become over-excited.
In addition, it says owners should remind guests to not invade your dog’s personal space, and to reward positive behaviour from your dog with a treat.
Laura Shears, managing director of Vet’s Kitchen, said: “Covid-19 has changed the way everyone has lived and many people are finding understanding the relaxing of restrictions a struggle… this includes our four-legged family members.
“We’ve been thinking about how we can help our nation’s pet owners with their own “roadmap out of lockdown”, which is why Vet’s Kitchen have released a support-guide to help pets adjust to life after Covid and to avoid the problems of separation anxiety.”
Fiona Firth, Vet’s Kitchen pet nutritionist, added: “Being plunged into the deep end in terms of socialising again will be fine for some dogs (just like it’s fine for some humans), but others could suffer from the shock of too much stimulation and will need to take things more slowly.
“We’ve got used to existing in a closed family group, and our pets especially aren’t used to sharing! This particularly applies to new puppies who might have joined the team during lockdown. Try using a treat to reward your dog for good behaviour when out and about.”