Is anyone more anxious/nervous about walking dogs more now?
edited 15 June at 8:57AM in Pets & Pet Care
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I generally suffer from anxiety anyway but I'm finding things more difficult during this pandemic when walking my dog. I've never been one to let her off a lead on pavements and only let her off in a large enough area where there are not many other people or dogs around. As far as I'm aware, we are currently advised to keep dogs on a lead during this pandemic, which I've stuck to. I have had nothing against anyone that walks dogs off a lead in parks prior to this pandemic, but more so now than before I do not want or like other dogs within touching distance of my dog. Now that we are social distancing I feel the same should apply to our dogs yet so many people still have their dogs off leads in public places and some even on public footpaths and pavements. I've done so well lately keeping my dog out of contact from other dogs in terms of touching noses or being licked. A few days ago a dog came out of nowhere onto the green near to where we live and bolts over in a playful manner but wouldn't leave my dog alone. The owner wasn't even close to the dog and didn't apologise. I couldn't react in time or keep my dog away and it made me angry, playing on my mind for a few days after. Then only tonight I was out walking the dog on the green and she went over to a white object on the grass and it turns out to be a used face mask. The problem with my dog is that she has quite a noticeable underbite so when she attempts to sniff something it is normally her lip or jaw that make contact first. Again, after this I had worry all night as it was a mask and I'm wondering was it used and thrown away because someone had the virus. Call me paranoid but for someone that suffers quite badly with anxiety I do find things quite a struggle at the moment when we are all slightly on edge about the current situation. Am I being over the top or are others worrying about things they wouldn't normally have done so about prior to this pandemic?