Coronavirus: a dog’s life for our deconfined canines

The isolation offered by the pandemic was for dogs, gregarious animals par excellence, the perfect opportunity to reconnect with their masters. Now that they have found their way back to the offices, how are our four-legged friends left in the basket doing? Explanations with two canine behaviorists.


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Ie confinement, a boon for dogs? Information that can make you smile but is rather obvious. “The dog has become accustomed to a rhythm of life where his master is present all day,” explains Julie Willems, behaviorist at the “Animal Behavior” center in Jodoigne. New little attentions, walks and additional physical exercises punctuated the lives of our confined doggies. And then, “overnight, people went back to work, leaving their dog alone between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every day without having prepared him for this loneliness. This gives rise to the appearance (or reappearance) of a disorder: separation anxiety.




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