Being in quarantine can be challenging for some, but it can be even harder on dogs who may be used to more active lifestyles. Well, we have some good news. Our concrete contractors thought they’d give you some tips on how to maintain your pet’s active lifestyle during the quarantine.
Plenty of fetch
Whether it’s with a ball or their favourite toy, fetch is a timeless and stimulating activity for dogs and is something that you don’t have to really go out of your way to do either. If you’re preparing a meal in the kitchen you can stop every now and then to throw or kick the ball/toy and they’ll be back for more.
Set aside some dedicated time to play fetch so they get a good session in and tire themselves out. If you’re working from home, then it’s a good idea to get this done in the morning so they’re feeling relatively tired during the middle of the day – allowing you to do what you need to do uninterrupted.
Chase them around
Some dogs love to be chased and you can really see the look of pure joy and excitement on their face whilst you’re chasing them. Every now and then you can even see them looking back to make sure you’re still chasing them which our concrete contractors find adorable. This is a great alternative to playing fetch and is also a great exercise for you.
Treats in a kong
This can encourage your dog to really go to town on their toy kong because they know they’ll be rewarded with treats. There is a huge variety of different shapes and types of kong toys that you can purchase for your dog. There are even some types of toys where you can conceal treats in them, and your dog will have to use their mind to navigate and unlock them instead of just gnawing at the kong to physically get them out.
Teach them tricks
It’s never too late to teach a dog new tricks. As long as they know basic commands like sit and stay – teaching them new tricks should be a walk in the park (pun intended). Make sure to teach them in short sessions no longer than ten minutes and praise them enthusiastically (as I’m sure you usually do with most things) when they do the right thing. Have treats with you as well to reward them.
Refresh old tricks
Sometimes the oldies are the best – which is why our concrete contractors think you should use this opportunity to run through old tricks they know to refresh them. For example, test them and see how long they’ll stay sitting for in front of their food before you allow them to eat it and give them an extra treat afterwards if they follow your commands.
Utilise the backyard
Even if you don’t have a sizeable backyard, you can still do all the activities we’ve suggested above out in the yard – even the front yard – as your dog will enjoy the fresh air and natural terrain a lot more than being cooped up indoors – especially the larger dogs. You can play fetch with them without having to worry about damaging anything inside (depending on the size of your yard) and then afterwards they can relax on an outdoor cushion and embrace nice weather.
Take them for a walk
At the end of the day, you’re still allowed to take your dog for a walk – just make sure that if you’re going out with a friend it’s just one and not a group. Be wary of other walkers as well in terms of practising the 1.5m distancing rule. You can still be friendly and chat to other walkers – just don’t get too close to them.
Dog parks, unfortunately, are off the agenda as there will simply be too many people there if everyone started to go. We also recommend keeping your dog on their lead just to make them easier to manage.
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