Four ways to keep your dog entertained during lockdown

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Lockdown can be quite daunting for our furry friends too, so we’ve compiled different ways to keep them active. 

While the BBC reported that domestic pets are not a risk of contracting the deadly virus, they still have to remain in indoors for the 21-day duration of the lockdown and here are four ways to keep them entertained.

Mental stimulation

You may be stuck indoors with your pooch but it is still important to keep their brain active. A simple way of doing this according to PetCoach is by making your pet work for their treats.

This can be done by teaching them new tricks and using the treat as a reward. Another form of mental stimulation can be achieved through the provision of interactive toys, which include tug-of-war toys, balls and plastic toys that dispense dog kibbles.


Indoor games

It is important to keep playing with your dogs, especially during this stressful time. An awesome way of doing that is with indoor games.

Speaking to NYTimes, Ettel Edshteyn a qualified dog trainer revealed that being indoors for prolonged periods of time for some pets can leave them anxious or depressed, which is why it is important to create indoor stimulation.

This can be teaching them new tricks, using box techniques to hide treats and a game of catch in the yard to list a few.


Sufficient rest

According to Hillspet an adult dog, on average, sleeps for 12 to 15 hours a day, which is why it is essential to ensure it has a comfortable resting place.

If your dog has irregular sleeping patterns that are concerning, it is advisable to seek assistance from your local vet.


Pay close attention to your dog

While many pooches are excited to have their owners home more often, many people still have the responsibility of working from home and might not neccessarly be paying close attention, ExpressUK reports.

If your dog is due for a check-up at the vet during any of the 21 days, ensure that you take them.

In the event that you do notice any out of the ordinary behavioural changes in your dog during this period, contact your local vet as they should still be operational and are an essential service.

Sources: BBC, PetCoach, NYTimes, ExpressUK



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