Dogs will suffer ‘extreme separation anxiety’ when the lockdown is lifted after getting used to being pampered, Queen’s corgi trainer reveals
- Dr Roger Mugford warned change in routine could be harmful after lockdown
- Queen’s corgi trainer said dogs could suffer anxiety when people return to work
- He advised taking frequent 30 minute breaks away from dogs throughout the day to help ease them into being apart
The Queen’s corgi trainer has claimed dogs will experience ‘severe separation anxiety’ when the lockdown is lifted after pampered pooches have become used to having their owners at home.
Dr Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist used by the royal family, said that owners need to start preparing their pets for the return to a normal routine to avoid any issues.
Speaking to The Times, the specialist from Chertsey, Surrey explained that while people are working from home, dogs can build up a ‘huge reservoir’ of over-dependency’ which could see them suffer at a later date.
The Queen’s corgi trainer has claimed dogs will experience ‘severe separation anxiety’ when the lockdown is lifted as pampered pooches will get used to having their owners at home. She is pictured in May 2005 in Alberta, Canada meeting a group of corgis
Queen Elizabeth II sitting on a grassy bank with the corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip, in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973. Her Corgi trainer has warned of potential separation anxiety after the lockdown
‘When left alone, dogs can chew the house, annoy the neighbours by constantly barking, urinate and defecate inside, sometimes even self harm. Put a webcam on your dog and you’ll see howling and pacing and other distress signs,’ he said.
He advises owners to have 30 minutes breaks away from their pets several times a day in order to ease them into being alone when the lockdown ends.
Anxiety in humans has risen during the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken more than 16,000 lives in the UK and infected more than 125,000 people.
Many have relied on their pets for emotional support, Dr Mugford explained.
He said pets will see a ‘huge shock’ when the lockdown is lifted, and they need short structured training sessions in the meantime.
Dr Roger Mugford, pictured at his home in Surrey, an animal psychologist used by the royal family, said that owners need to start preparing their pets for the return to a normal routine to avoid any issues.
The trainer has been a helping hand to the royal family for years, and in 2002 helped to train Princess Anne’s dog Dotty after it bit two children in Windsor Great Park.
He has also visited Windsor Castle to help the Queen control her corgis and dorgis, which are Daschund-corgi crosses.
Dr Mugford, who also trains the dogs of celebrities and rockstars, was called in to help when the monarch had eight or nine dogs, and ‘quite dangerous’ fights were breaking out between them.
The trainer helped to solve that particular issue, but said the Queen is an ‘amazing dog owner and trainer’, adding that she could have easily done his job in her younger days.
‘She’s quite methodical and uses rule-based procedures,’ he said.
The Queen is known for her love of both dogs and horses, and has owned more than 30 corgis, many of them direct descendants of her first one, Susan – given to her as an 18th birthday present by her parents in 1944. She is pictured as a little girl with her mother’s corgis
The Queen is known for her love of both dogs and horses, and has owned more than 30 corgis, many of them direct descendants of her first one, Susan – given to her as an 18th birthday present by her parents in 1944.
Susan was so loved that she accompanied the then Princess Elizabeth on her honeymoon. But the monarch now has no corgis left.
Her final dog, Willow, who was adopted following the death of his owner, a former Sandringham gamekeeper, died in October 2018.
Her two remaining dogs, Candy and Vulcan, are dorgis.
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