Amusing Your Dog While Under Isolation
Being cooped up in a house is difficult for anyone, but dogs really need to get outside and walk around several times per day. If you are self-isolating, then that is not possible because you are not allowed to leave your residence. If you can’t find anyone to take your dog out for a walk, then you need to keep him entertained indoors. There are plenty of great ways to spend time with your pet that are entertaining for both you and for your dog. Here are some ideas:
1. Treat-Dispensing Puzzle Toys
These dog toys are treat receptacles that can keep your dog entertained for hours on end. You hide the treats inside the puzzle toy and then the dog tries to get the treats out. Some of these puzzle toys take hours to be solved and can really entertain your dog in the meantime. You can also get toys such as a Kong and put peanut butter inside it, then place it into the freezer until the peanut butter is frozen inside then give it to your dog.
2. Build an Indoor Sandbox
If you can get your hands on a small round plastic container such as a child’s pool, add some sand to it and let your dog play in it. He will think that he died and went to doggie heaven with the freedom to dig through the sand and play to his heart’s content, just like being at the beach! Your place might be a bit of a mess afterwards, but at least your dog is entertained!
3. Massage your dog
Just like people, dogs love massages too! Maybe your dog has some tight and sore muscles and needs a little bit of TCL. This type of treatment can be therapeutic for your dog and relaxing too. You may just find that the massage will put your dog into a nice deep sleep for a while so that you can get on with whatever other activities you need to get done.
1. Play Hide and Seek
At first it might seem a little bit strange, but when you see how the dog catches on and learns how the game works, it’s going to be game on! Dogs love to hunt for their owners and you can make it challenging by hiding close by but out of site. Try hiding behind a bedroom door and then jumping out when your dog walks by sniffing the carpet.
2. Build a Doggy Den
Grab some old towels, blankets and sheets and create a doggy den where your dog can play. Add in some of their favourite toys and treats, hiding them under the blankets and you probably won’t see them for a long while. Your dog may even fall asleep inside of the den.
3. Bake Some Doggy Treats
Try baking a few different kinds of doggy treats, see which ones your dog likes best. Keep the recipes that they like and get rid of the ones that they don’t. You will pass some time exploring some great recipes and your dog will enjoy the treats that you create.
4. Go on Some Doggie Walks
If you can take your dog out for a walk, then do! It is perfectly safe to get outside for a walk if you are not under quarantine and are healthy. Wash your hands before you leave and when you return, and don’t touch surfaces that others have touched while you are out. If you see anyone while you are out walking, keep a six-foot distance between you and the other person. Don’t let your dog greet other dogs and where possible, don’t go to dog parks or places where people and dogs might gather. Remember to wipe your dog’s paws down when you return home, also. If you are unable to get out for walks, get a friend or a family member to do it for you.
5. Create a Small Agility Course Inside
A mini agility course will keep your dog entertained and exercised. Have them jump over the couch and crawl under a coffee table, just keep them moving as much as possible. You can make tunnels out of sheets and chairs and jumps of varying sizes. You are only limited by your imagination.
6. Create a Treasure Hunt
Hide some of your dog’s favourite treats all over your house and see how quickly they find them. Once they find a few treats they may keep going, believing that there are more to be found. Your dog could potentially be entertained for hours.
7. Treat, but Don’t Overfeed
If you were to give your dog a treat every time, they wanted one, they would soon take on many different health issues later in life including diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease, cardiovascular problems and urinary incontinence. Dogs at a good weight live a longer, happier and healthier life even though it is tempting to give your dog extra treats, it is going to do more harm than good later.
8. Teach Your Dog a new Trick
If you want your dog to be happy you need to provide him with regular exercise and physical stimulation. Dogs need some outlets where they use their brain, senses and instincts. A bored dog will create their own entertainment by being destructive and that is not a good thing for anyone. If you want to keep your dog happy, enrich his life by teaching him new tricks. You can teach him to get you a tissue when you sneeze, weave in and out of your legs, or open and close a drawer. When you teach a dog a trick for about 20 minutes it will have the same effect on them as a one hour walk and will tire them out. You can switch it up and teach the dog a few different things to keep them entertained.
We are all in this together, but dogs can get really bored quickly. It’s very important to prevent that, where possible and ensure that your dog is happy and fulfilled. Switch things up or keep a little routine in the everyday, your dog will come to love it so much!
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