While it is uncertain times for all at the moment, for those with pets, the additional concern of making sure they are receiving the care they need during social-distancing and self-isolation is going to be on every owner’s minds.
With National Trust Properties taking the decision to close their parks and gardens in addition to their houses, shops and cafes due to the sheer number of visitors over the weekend, dog owners will be wanting to find ways to keep their dog occupied whilst spending longer periods of time indoors.
Brain stimulation is just as important and may tire your furry friend out as much as physical exercise
Here’s list of ways you can keep your pet occupied whilst they are indoors:
- You don’t need to stop walks altogether but to follow the government guidelines you should walk in quieter places and keep your distance from other people. Keeping your dog on a lead will also prevent you having to retrieve them.
Key tip: Try going for walks very early in the morning or in the evening to avoid passing lots of other people on your walk, this is especially important if you do not have a garden at home. If you have a small garden allow your furry friend to have free roam to go outside when they want. It will give them more space to explore. If you have no garden then the below tips are of even more importance.
- Our furry friends love attention and it is even more important during this time to ensure they are getting enough of it, they need human contact to be emotionally sound. So, make sure to pamper your dog with lots of cuddles and strokes.
- While self-isolating or working from home you can use your spare time or lunch break to have play sessions with your pooch. Play time is important as it increases the bond between you and your furry best friend and also provides fun and stimulation.
- To help dogs relax during the day whilst you are either working or busy with other tasks, Spotify has recently launched ‘My Dogs’ Favourite Podcast’ which has a range of selected spoken word, sound and original music designed to encourage relaxation.
- Hiding treats or toys around the house for your dog to find will keep their brains, nose and bodies active. Your four-legged friend will love playing hide and seek with their favourite toys and treats and it will be a great boredom-breaker for them.
- It is a known fact that dogs love treats so try giving your pooch a long-lasting treat and use stuffable toys or feeding puzzles to keep your pet entertained.
- Self-isolating or spending more time indoors gives dog owners the perfect excuse to train their furry friends. Dogs love to learn new things so try to put aside a few minutes a day to occupy your pet and tire them out with training sessions.
- So far studies have shown that pets do not transmit the COVID-19 Virus to humans
- Try to be prepared and have at least two weeks of pet food and any medications in stock. This doesn’t mean you need to panic buy, dog food is still very much readily available.
- If your pooch isn’t getting as much exercise as usual due to self-isolation ensue to reduce their food accordingly.