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Most Americans are under order at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, and stress is high for countless reasons.
has affected pets as well. "Dogs that are used to children being in school and adults at work are now surrounded by their families 24/7," according to Victoria Stilwell, CEO of Positively.com and the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior. "They welcome the company, but some dogs have a hard time adapting to the constant noise, attention and lack of space," says Stilwell.
In some cases, dogs exhibit anxious, aggressive, or destructive behaviors. [1
- Create a hole-like space or "safe zone" in your home that is a "dog only" zone . This can be a drawer where the door always remains open or a quiet position that your dog can go to when it needs some space.
- Young children should be supervised around any dog. To make it easier, you can use baby gates to keep dogs and children separate if you can not actively monitor them.
- It's time to teach your dog some new skills. Challenge your dog to learn new clues. If you need the help of a coach, many now offer virtual consultations.
- If you can take your dog for a walk, make sure you keep it on a leash. Do not allow your pet to socially interact with other dogs or humans. While humans follow the rules of social distancing, they should help their dogs do the same.
- Having a plan in place for your pets is important. Individuals who become too ill or need hospitalization must have someone take care of their animals while they heal. Like all emergency preparedness plans, have a "bug out" bag ready.
Members of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition will share information during several webinars this week focusing on how COVID-19 affects pets and pet owners. Experts will provide safety tips for home protection with dogs, how to support animal welfare and rescue, and release data on dog-related injuries to dogs 2019.
The next webinar will take place on Friday, April 17 at. 1: 00.00 CST / 14.00 EST
Zoom webinar for the public (registration required):
In a previously recorded webinar, Janet Ruiz, strategist Director of Communications, Triple-I, explained that when it comes to dog bite claims, it is important to note that these are only incidents reported to insurance companies and that the actual number of dog bites is likely to be much higher. In 2019, homeowners insurance companies paid approximately $ 796.8 million as a result of 17,802 dog bite claims.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week (NDBPW) is April 12-18, 2020. Members of the National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), State Farm®, Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), American Humane and Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior. The coalition gathers every year to draw attention to how people can reduce the number of dog bites.