With the roadmap out of lockdown preparing people for a return to normality, research from Natures Menu has indicated that 83% of pet owners are anxious about the return to work and leaving their dog at home alone.
Preparations have begun with 95% of dog owners having already started thinking about how they will manage the process of leaving their dog on its own for longer periods of time.
Melanie Sainsbury, veterinary education manager at Natures Menu, said that more than two thirds (68%) of those questioned stated that they’ve already engaged in talks with their boss about more flexible working options, whilst others are exploring setting up a baby cam to keep an eye on their pets (14%), or even considering a second pet to keep them company (7%).
The survey was commissioned by Natures Menu, the UK’s leading expert in raw and natural pet food, to support the launch of the second series of its Pupcast podcast.
Ms Sainsbury said: “Whilst many of us have enjoyed having more time at home, spending quality time with our dogs, this can lead to concern for pets, and owners alike, as we target a return to normality.
“It’s understandable why so many owners are concerned about the major shift to leaving their pets home alone, especially those who purchased a puppy during lockdown, as having company 24/7 has become all they’re used to. That’s why it’s so important that owners start implementing techniques now to ensure a smooth transition without causing anxiety for their dogs.”