Social distancing and longer hours spent indoors due to Coronavirus concerns means more time with your dog. Sure, it’s a dream come true to have your best friend with you all day long, but after awhile you may be asking yourself...what can we do?!
It’s important to keep your pup happy and stimulated- and that goes for you as well! During high stress times like this, it’s already nice to have a cuddle buddy nearby. In fact, studies have shown that pets help quell anxiety.
Here are some fun ways to beat indoor boredom and get some quality bonding time in while staying safe.
You might be working from home for now. If so, it’s crucial to take breaks throughout the day. This is the perfect time to reinforce behavior training with your dog! Go over commands they already know or try new ones, rewarding your pup with a treat after they follow through successfully.
Dogs need to burn energy every day, especially if you’ve got a rough n’ tumble puppy on your hands. If you can’t get outside, try some active indoor games that are fun and can even involve the whole family.
Having a stash of dog toys for rainy days is always a good idea, but how about tossing in a few new surprises since you’ll be home more often (for now)? Tug toys are great, especially to burn off energy and let the two of you play together. Puzzle challenges with a hidden treat inside help your dog stay focused and mentally stimulated as they work to reach the treat.
If you can, take your dog for a walk in your neighborhood or on nearby walking trails to get sunshine and fresh air. Remember to distance yourself from groups of people. Social distancing means standing at least 3 feet apart. Always wash your hands when you come home!