This Free Virtual Event Aims to Help Pet Parents Navigate Post-Pandemic Separation Anxiety

updated Jun 9, 2021
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A young woman with long black hair stands in the kitchen with a cup of coffee and looks at her pet, white terrier, west highland dog.
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Whether you adopted a pandemic pet or simply enjoyed spending more time at home with your furry friends over the course of the past year and a half, eventually you might be facing a transition back to some pre-COVID bahaviors, like going back to work outside the home, traveling, or simply getting out of the house more often. This could definitely involve some separation anxiety for pets, with research showing that 80 percent of dogs can develop separation-related issues, including anxiety and stress, when their owners leave them behind.

Any shake-up in your pets’ daily routines can result in unusual or unwanted behavioral issues, so if you’re concerned about your pups’ well-being without you home all the time in a post-pandemic world, DOGTV has got you covered. The streaming network (which specializes in dog-friendly programming to both boost their mental stimulation and help keep them calm throughout the day, depending on what your pooch might need) is hosting a free virtual event on Saturday, June 12 at 4 PM ET, bringing together over 30 pet experts, who will discuss signs and solutions to combat separation anxiety before it even impacts your pup.

Your Dog’s New Normal aims to equip pet owners (including the many who adopted a dog during the pandemic) with educational tools to help their beloved family members safely and comfortably make the transition out of the pandemic, since it seems the vast majority of pet owners aren’t entirely aware of the signs and symptoms their pet is suffering from anxiety.

The event will be hosted by celebrity pet expert Harrison Forbes, who will be joined by a team of more than 30 veterinarians, trainers, behavioralists, and dog-loving celebrities like Jane Lynch, Scott Hamilton, Emmylou Harris, Skip Bayless, and Renée Felice Smith.
Register to watch the event for free on the DOGTV website, or stream it via the DOGTV app, which is available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and iOS/Android devices. If you want to subscribe to the app for an endless supply of dog-approved content, DOGTV is $84.99 annually, or $9.99 per month — cable subscribers can also watch for $4.99 per month through DIRECTV, Comcast Xfinity, Dish, RCN, Cox, Mediacom, and Sling TV.