Pets During Quarantine while Teleworking


Dr. Christy Hoffman

Dr. Christy Hoffman, associate professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation and Anthrozoology at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY recently published a study called The Experience of Teleworking with Dogs and Cats During COVID-19 published in the Journal Animals, sponsored by Zoetis and the Human Animal Bond Association. I spoke to her about this on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show.

Interviewing people working at home from the office, she learned people spent time petting and play with dogs more during the pandemic while quarantined, even while teleworking. However, surprisingly, that wasn’t the case with cats. Some people found dogs, at least sometimes, to be a distraction.

I asked Dr. Hoffman if she thinks the bond people have with their pets has been enhanced during the pandemic? We also talked about how pets have intensified their role as a support system for young children, and likely also seniors.