We’re on week two (at least) of staying home due to the coronavirus. Our dog seems really happy to have us at home, but we’re afraid that he’ll get bored at some point. Any tips for keeping him occupied during this time spent at home?
Sheltering In Place in Shepherd Park Plaza
Dear Sheltering In Place,
Such interesting times we’re living in, isn’t it? First of all, good for you for heeding the orders to stay home. Due to your compliance, you’re doing your part to stop the spread of this virus–kudos to you!
Believe me, we all understand that feeling of impending boredom that comes from staying home for days on end. Luckily, our pets are probably living their best quarantine lives, happily content with having the whole family at home all day to lavish them with love and pizza crusts.
However, keeping your dog entertained during this time isn’t too hard and coming up with activities to keep him busy is just as much of an activity for you and your family–so it’s a win-win for all!
Here are a few things to add to your daily routine that will help to entertain the whole family during this time.
Bake dog treats
It seems as though people around the world are turning to their ovens to help comfort and occupy this newfound free time. Why not research some homemade dog treats to make for your dog? There are tons of recipes on the internet–most of which probably call for ingredients that you already have on hand. This is also a fun activity to get the kids involved in, too!
Daily dog walks
I’m sure you’re already doing this, but getting outside is great for you and your dog (as long as you observe the 6-foot social distancing guidelines). Plan for at least one dog walk a day, and even if your pooch isn’t leash-trained yet, what better time to focus on walking on a leash several times a day? Sunshine, fresh air and exercise is balm for the soul for dogs and humans alike during this time.
Did you know that there is a dedicated television station just for doggie entertainment? DogTV offers programs scientifically developed to provide special content that was created to meet the specific attributes of a dog’s senses of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. DogTV is free for 30 days right now and is offered free through certain cable providers. Check it out at www.dogtv.com.
Puzzle toys and treat dispensers
Get some brain-scratching puzzle toys for your dog and let him work to “earn” a treat. This will keep him stimulated and happy during the doldrums of the day. You can also make your own dog puzzles using stuff found around your house. For instance, take a tennis ball and slice a slit in it. Fill it with dog treats and play a game of fetch, letting Fido work to extract a treat!
Yes, we’re advised to stay home, but a car ride to get a change of scenery is definitely alright during this time. Take your dog in the car–even a quick trip around the block is exciting to many dogs–and make sure to roll those windows down for maximum excitement!
Keeping you and your family safe is of utmost importance during this crisis and keeping Fido entertained is a fun way to get the whole family involved in an activity. Who knows, we might all emerge from this situation with stronger bonds with our families and our four-legged friends! Best wishes for continued good health!
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