For many of us routines have been thrown completely out of whack by this whole pandemic thing, and it’s the same for our pets – and dogs especially may find their daily schedules thrown into chaos while we work from, or spend more time at, home.
But this must be puppy heaven, right?
I mean, you’ve got more time for play, for longer walks, and for many more pats and cuddles, so where’s the bad side for our canine companions?
But, just “being there” is not enough for your dog. As much as we might like to deny it, our mere presence isn’t inherently enriching for our pets. It’s the interactions, the games, the exercise and the mental simulation which keep our dogs healthy and happy. So, to keep your dog happy and healthy here are 7 tips to put a contented grin on your pup’s face.
Just as you have a routine, so does your dog, and it’s been put out of whack while your at home.
Their feeding times or exercise times might be a bit different, and they might be a bit unsure about what is happening when.
But no problem, all you need to do is start a new routine that suits the way your family works while you’re all home together.
Dogs are generally adaptable and will adjust to suit the new routines you find yourself in.
Exercise is great for both you and your dog, and if you’re stuck at home now might be the ideal time to start getting your furry companion to help you get exercising.
Walks are great for dogs, but it’s also important to let them have a sniff and explore while they are walking, as this provides more smells and points of interest to keep your dog enriched and stimulated
3. New Tricks
Now there’s time, have you thought about teaching your old (or young) dog some new tricks?
You could start with something simple like “shake hands” and then, if pup seems happy and eager, work your way up to some more complex tricks! As a bonus, at the end of quarantine you can invite your friends around and show off!
Nothing relieves a bit of boredom like a good game, and this goes for both you and your pet.
Whether it’s seeing their cheeky grin when the balls come out to chase or getting them going with a pull toy, playing games with your pup is not only good for them, it’s also really fun for you!
For most animals grooming is an activity that brings them closer together. Grooming your animal with a nice brush to make their coat shine not only makes them feel better, but it also gives you quality time together:- it’s a great habit to get into!
6. Regular enrichment
Just because you’re home doesn’t mean you should stop your usual enrichment activities, like Kong toys or lunch in work-for-food bowls.
You might just want to adjust the timing of these activities to fit in with your new routines!
7. "Me" and "Them" time
Finally, just like you, your dog might find themselves in need of a little alone time. They’re not used to having you around so much, and if they are getting a bit more
attention these days, they might need a bit of alone time, just to recover! :)