With more people than ever working remotely, our beloved pups are getting more attention than normal. While some breeds have been relishing the extra walks, snuggles, and treats, others may be bristling slightly at this encroachment on their alone time. Like humans, dogs have personalities and preferences regarding their routines, activities, toys, foods, and lifestyles, explains veterinarian Dr Emily Wilson. “Imagine always being on the go, with constant stimulation and activity,” she says. “For the vast majority of us, this lifestyle would become exhausting.”
So, how can you tell if your faithful friend needs some alone time? Here, pet experts shed some light on this topic. (Pun totally intended).
Your dog seems stressed
Do you ever feel anxious in your home these days? Maybe it’s your children running around, making noise and creating messes. Or maybe you live in a city with a lot of sirens and alarms, or there have just been a lot of thunderstorms displays lately. All of these factors play a part in your mood, so why wouldn’t they impact your pup’s? When dogs live in high-stress households or experience high-stress situations, they need quiet time to recover, says veterinarian Dr Katy Nelson. “Giving pups a calm, cosy place to call their own can help them feel safer and more secure,” she explains. “A warm bed, some white noise, a toy to chew on, and an Adaptil pheromone plug-in can help to ease anxiety and create a space they seek out when they need a haven.”
Your dog is hiding
If you frequently find yourself wondering where your pup has gone off to, consider it a sign that he needs a moment away from humans. Veterinary behaviour consultant Dr Rolan Tripp, explains that dogs tend to “hide” when they need to feel safe. This doesn’t mean they feel scared at home, but rather, they are tired of hearing loud noises and being woken up from naps and otherwise disturbed. When you locate your furry companion, and he is happily snoozing away, leave him there so he can rest. He’ll come back for some love when he’s ready.