There are fears that dogs may suffer from separation anxiety as we gradually return to work and spend more time away from home.

The Boare family, from Hedge End near Southampton, got their 16-week-old Cockapoo, Otis, on the day lockdown was announced.

It initially meant delays to his vaccinations but now his owners are concerned the almost undivided attention he has received might cause him anxiety.

I feel initially, he probably will struggle because that's all he's known ever since we've had him, with family life around him 24/7. Obviously, we'll try and continue that as much as we can and of course we're going to be here for him as much as possible."

RYAN BOARE, Owner of Otis

I think Otis is going to miss me lots while I'm at school and I will miss him too.

Alfie BOARE, Owner of Otis

The animal welfare charity, the Dogs Trust, says lockdown has created a 'ticking time bomb' for the condition.

Dogs who have been adopted from shelters are particularly vulnerable.

The condition can lead to destructive and distressing behaviour.

If you're not out the house, it doesn't mean you shouldn't take some time to have your dog in a different room, shut away from you, so at least they don't develop really severe separation anxiety. It is worth starting to think about preparing, for the time being, for when things do go back to normal because dogs in general need some time to adjust to new circumstances. If you thrust them straight into it, where they're left alone for a long time, that's when you could start getting some fairly severe behavioural problems."

OWEN SHARP, Chief Executive, Dogs Trust

Many owners have noticed how attached their dogs have become to them while they have been working from home.

Andy Blaxland from Winchester says he and his 8-year-old Border Collie, Pebbles, have become almost inseparable.

She's got used to us being around the house and she loves being here with us. She even sits with me while I'm working which is really nice. I'm quite worried about her though because she's used to us being around all day and when we go back to work she won't have that. I'm not sure how she's going to cope with that. "She misses us when we're not here, even if we just pop out to do some shopping for some neighbours. She'll go and stand in the window and watch us going down the road which is heartbreaking to see. She's still there when we come back, even if it's an hour later. I'm quite worried she'll do that when we go back to work."

ANDY BLAXLAND, Owner of Pebbles

One way to prevent separation anxiety from happening to your dog, is to begin getting them used to spending more time on their own before it happens more permanently.

Pebbles waits by the window for her owners to return home. Credit: ITV News Meridian