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How to avoid separation anxiety post-lockdown
Separation anxiety is a hot topic in the world of pet owners. As the country slowly starts easing back into the new normal, our pets will have to learn how to readjust with us. While we plan to return to the office and start to toy with the idea of socially-distanced-socialising, how will our dogs cope without us?

Separation anxiety

After more than three months of staying at home, working from home and staying close to home for dog walks, the post-lockdown world could trigger very real separation anxiety in our pets.

And with a huge surge of new dogs joining the family during this unexpected period at home, many puppies only know this way of life, meaning an even bigger job in avoiding developing separation anxiety for these new owners.

Ease your pet back into independence with a carer

Exercise with someone other than yourself is key in fighting separation anxiety, even if you’re not back in the office yet! You probably already know your dog needs more than a lonely shift at home while you’re working your 9-5. You probably already had a plan in place pre-lockdown, but why not give your regular carer a call so your pup can get back into the swing of things?

Almost all dogs thrive on a predictable routine, so getting them used to theirs again before you head back to the office is a great way to minimise the stress they’ll feel when that day comes. Not to mention it’s a great way to ensure they’re getting the socialisation they need with dogs and people outside of your household.

Top tip: A well-exercised dog is a happy dog and here at Poochee Care , we will provide for your dog, whether they want an effortless stroll around the block or the tough mudder of dog walks. At present we only offer solo dog walks.

Practice going out

Most dogs are a lot more eagle-eyed than we give them credit for. They know when the clock has just struck dinner time, they definitely know the difference between walkies and vet time and they somehow just know when you’re about to head off for the day.

Even if you have your pup’s number one walker coming to take them out on their favourite ramble, seeing you leave can be a stressful experience for your dog after spending the last three months basking in your constant company. Getting dressed for a day in the office and picking up your keys before popping out for a couple of minutes can really help get your dog used to you leaving for the day again.

Top tip: You can gradually build up the length of time you're out of the house to really help minimise those triggers that can lead to separation anxiety. Make sure you don't make a big fuss of them when you come back either, that way they get used to it being a calm, stress-free experience all round.

Element of distraction

When you do go out, give your pets something to distract themselves with like a safe Kong chew filled with something irresistible to keep them busy while you're gone. Eventually, they'll associate you leaving with the delicious treat and begin looking forward to it – no offence!

Top tip: For an extra long-lasting treat, fill your Kong with your chosen filling and freeze overnight.

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Before broadening her horizons (literally!), former Springwatch and Autumnwatch presenter Kate Humble spent a lot of time around the Monmouthshire valley where she’s set up a farm. It was when she visited our gazebo at the Usk Show that we took the opportunity to ask her for a photo – for which she readily grabbed a dog and posed.

As lovely in real life as she seems on the telly – Kate, we are Humbled!

Those were the days!

Somewhat more recently than 1968 when Mary Hopkin’s hit of that name was at No. 1 – although still over 10 years ago – in 2008 we found ourselves at one of our very first events, the Crick Boat Festival (our doggie life jackets sold like crazy to all the boaters!).

The umbrellas given out to exhibitors at the Festival bore a slogan saying: ‘Having fun in the rain!’ – doubtless intended as an ironic reference to the bad weather of previous years. It didn’t seem very amusing to us as once again the heavens opened and the skies emptied onto’s flimsy little garden gazebo!

In the photo two of’s dogs-bodies shelter from the rain. One was half-soaked, the other fully-soaked; both were well and truly stuffed!

Prepare to be amazed! Click on the button and see how many ways the word ‘dog’ has found its way into the English language.

Come find us on the road somewhere in 2020!

We’d love to see you! From early spring until late autumn our two mobile sales outlets attend a huge number of events, shows and fairs throughout the southern half of Britain. Here are the first couple of months of this year’s schedule – let’s meet somewhere in 2020!

Crufts at the NEC - 5-8 March..., Dingley Point-to-Point - 11 April..., Kelmarsh Show - 12-13 April..., Downton Cuckoo Fair - 2 May..., North Somerset Show - 3 May..., Devon County Show - 21-23 May..., Crick Boat Show - 23-25 May...