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Pets suffering from separation anxiety as owners go back to work

Here’s an unexpected challenge for some pet owners who are heading back to work after a long-run working from home:

Pets are experiencing separation anxiety.

Local trainers tell News10NBC that the pandemic has caused some bad behaviors, a few of which have been made worse when owners head back to work.


There’s also been an apparent uptick in animal abandonment because of some of these behaviors.

“Dogs are family members they’re with us for life, they don’t abandon us, so don’t abandon them,” trainer Mark Forrest Patrick said. He owns Tuxedo’s K9 Training Camp. “We’re seeing dogs that are having really bad social fear being out in public, riding in a car all these things that we didn’t do during the pandemic.”

He says the bottom line is to ask for help from professionals, whether it be trainers or behavioral experts, and to try different things to get the dog comfortable.



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