Eau Claire (WQOW) - While you might think now is the perfect time to train a new puppy, experts say if you're not careful, your new family member might develop some bad habits.
Right now, your new pet will believe it's normal to have you home nearly all the time.
Kimberly Carter, foster coordinator and kennel supervisor with the Eau Claire County Humane Association, said once you eventually get back to work, your hobbies, and your regular life, your puppy will not understand why you are suddenly gone and might develop separation anxiety or distress issues.
To help prevent that, Carter said start giving your new pet some alone time early.
"With dogs you would maybe want to try some crate training," said Carter. "You would also want to give that separate time. Make them go into a separate room for a little while or a crate. Let them spend some time alone."
If pets develop separation anxiety, Carter worries the shelter will see an increase in surrenders after the pandemic because people might not want to deal with this preventable behavior.