Just realized I have a typo in the title... Covid -9? Yeah, let me not invent a new virus!
Thank you all, especially
, for your input. I'll definitely check out Dr. Osterholm and his findings, which hopefully will put some of my more paranoid worries at ease. As for Zeus ... yes, I need to get him out. I know he's regressed in some things and has probably gained some bad habits. For example, leaving him by himself has been more of a chore than it's ever been. He's never had issues staying in his kennel for a few hours in the past. The past two days, I've caught him crying in his kennel when I get home from running a few necessary errands. I don't know if it's because he hears me pull up and gets excited, or if he sits in there and cries for hours. The first time I heard him I literally ran into the house, thinking there was something wrong, but when I got in he just stood up in his kennel with his Kong toy in his mouth, stubby tail wiggling away. *facepalm* I have a camera I'm going to set up so I can spy on him the next time I leave, but separation anxiety has never, ever been an issue. He also barks at any little sound that he hears outside when he's in the house, which is new. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that he's just adjusting to a new place because we've only been in this new house for a week, but a part of me worries that having been socially distanced from everyone but my husband and me has made him more anxious about things and needier than the usual Doberman amount of needy.
He's still good on walks though. Happy to see people. Ignores dogs that bark at him. Just this evening a dog literally burst through a backyard fence (old, falling down fence with tons of gaps..) and came running up to us barking, with its owner hollering in its wake. I started shouting and waving my free arm to try to keep it away, not knowing if was aggressive or not. Zeus didn't freak out at all. (me, on the other hand, vow to walk with either a thick stick or pepper spray from now on as this morning we also encountered a loose Chow Chow and chihuahua)
I will take the advice given and work with him outdoors. Near businesses and in the neighborhood as well, as there are a lot of kids (which he loves) as distractions. Hopefully he'll settle in and the above habits will dissipate.
, I feel you about the whole mask thing. Texas is pretty bad. Bad enough that the governor is pumping the breaks on his whole "Reopening Phase" plan because the new cases are out of control. Becaaaauuuse people here are acting like the pandemic is over. Individual counties are implementing a mask requirement when entering businesses and such, but it's not statewide. It was in New Mexico.
I've seen your posts abut your new addition! Good luck when you finally go get her! And stay safe! How's Mr. Business feel about getting a new baby sister?
Keep us posted on the virtual rally that you do with him. And if you're allowed to after, you should post your video entry here so we can see it! (and your beautiful head of silver
I hope Loki can continue to practice being calm around other dogs! I know it's a lot of work, but persistence pays off for sure.
Like you're doing, I'll be venturing out soon.