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How To Talk To Your Dog About Covid-19 (and other thoughts they might be having)

How To Talk To Your Dog About Covid-19 (and other thoughts they might be having)

So it finally happened and there you are, sitting on the couch with your laptop in the usual spot (your lap, duh.) On the other side of your couch groove is your dog who really doesn’t understand why y’all now have excess time together but is not mad at this at all. Welcome to semi-permanent Work From Home! 

Let’s break it down - You’re going to have to talk to your dog about why you’re home all the time; Remember that this is usually your dog’s alone time and you are interrupting it. At the same time, your dog has a lot of questions and thoughts of you.

Things to tell your dog about COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” 

  • It is a new virus. Doctors and scientists are still learning about it.

  • Recently, this virus has made a lot of people sick but not dogs...yet!  Scientists and doctors think that most people will be ok, especially kids and dogs! but some people might get pretty sick and that’s why I’m working from home.

  • Doctors and health experts are working hard to help people stay healthy.

This should be enough info for your dog but should they need more info - I’m your girl! 

Questions your dog might have during WFH / indefinite quarantine and thoughts you will need to address

So your human is still at home - It’s day 3 and your alone time has been thoroughly interrupted. You love that your human is home but all of a sudden, business is being conducted during your nap time. I’m here to help.

Here’s how to navigate tricky situations with your human about their behavior during these uncertain times…

Why is my human on my couch?

The most coveted perch in the apt: The Couch. You’re right...your human has stolen your couch spot and that’s just plain rude. 

Let’s get that spot back. When you see your human making their way to the couch, give a solid bark and go sit by the door. This will make your human think that you need to go outside, thus the human will walk to the door. Once this happens you must dart full speed to the couch and reclaim your spot. This will work. Trust me.

Why is my human looking out my window?

You are the King/Queen of the longing gaze out of the window and now your human is not only on the couch but now staring out of your window (paw on forehead). This one is tricky. Your best bet here is giving this one time. It’s hard, I know. But trust me when I tell you that your human will definitely be pulled away by the gray square device soon enough.

Who is my human talking to?

Great question! Who knows, but more than likely it’s their boss. Tbh, it’s probably important but you’re right: the human should be giving you more attention.

Where is dinner?

Time frames are going to get messy here, bud. I feel you. I’m hungry also. 

Keep in mind that the human has your best interest in mind and will fill your bowl soon enough. Trust your human, but maybe also give them a gentle nudge because they’ve been constantly snacking all day working so close to the kitchen. They’ve lost track of what’s lunch and what’s dinner and what’s 4 meals in between. A reminder that you need a proper meal is valuable here. 

What will I do when they meet my walker?

Don’t be worried about how awkward it’ll be to introduce dog walker to human. Your human will be a little jealous, yes. They probably should’ve cancelled this run in, but that’s not your problem. Let them sort it through on their own. 

What are the benefits to this whole mess?

  1. More and hopefully longer walks. Though sometimes human takes too long on walks (PAW ROLL) 

  2. Daytime naps next to human. ( DO NOT feel DOG conscious about how much you sleep). Human should confer with you from now on.

  3. Learning business skills from human. How to send emails. How ignore Slack messages. How to look really busy ‘working’ while watching Love is Blind

  4. Tbh, more treats. 

Hang in there everyone. Have these conversations early and often. We might be in this for the long haul, so let’s get ahead of this before tensions start running high.