With my plans for going camping with Saber scuppered for the foreseeable future. I turned my thoughts to how this self isolation, the Coronavirus how does it affect our dogs.
Staying Home And Self Isolation
If you need to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic due to social distancing, or because you’re self-isolating, your dog is likely to get less exercise than usual. There are still lots of things you can do inside the home to tire your dog out. When dogs are bored they tend to look for entertainment elsewhere and this can have undesirable consequences things like chewing or barking come to mind. If this happens hold the thought Coronavirus how does it affect our dogs and hopefully this will help calm you down.
Playing with your dog a few times through the day can stop them from making up their own games, keeping their minds focused from other possible destructive habits. It’s also great fun for you!
Games To Play To Keep The Boredom Away
- Indoor games are a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated at times when you can’t go outside due to coronavirus
- Playing games with your dog can stop them from chewing up furniture and stops them from getting bored
- Isolation can upset our own mental health, so playing with your dog during this unsettling time can help both of you
- There is no current evidence that dogs can become infected with Covid-19 nor be carriers of the virus
- Games that could cause your dog to become excited should be played on non-slip surfaces to avoid injury. These games include find it, tug of war and fetch. Vets may have measures in place to limit the spread of disease in the same way as other businesses, so try to avoid activities that may end up in a vet visit.
- It’s a good idea to put toys and treat bags away after your play session, ending with a nice ‘finish’ cue for your dog so that they understand the game is over
- While playing inside, check regularly that your dog isn’t overdoing it by giving them regular breaks and making sure water is always available
Games such as Tug Of War, Find It, Fetch (in a limited form), Hide And Seek all can be fun and keep both you and dog entertained. Also this could be a good time to brush up on training your dog..
Walking The Dog
As part of the lockdown rules people are allowed to take one form of exercise a day, so this could be used to walk the dog. Just make sure you keep to the social distancing rules.
Fines of £30.00 to unlimited can be imposed for ignoring the set out rules. The basic rules are as follows:
- Shopping for basic necessities like food and medicine – but you should do this “as infrequently as possible” and use food delivery services “where you can”
- One form of exercise a day, such as a run, walk or cycle. This can be done alone, with members of your household, or indeed with your dog
- Any medical need, to give care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only if this is “absolutely necessary” and cannot be done from home
These rules are in place to protect you and everybody else, so try to adhere to these social rules as best as is humanly possible.
Should your dog be allowed out of the house if you are self-isolating?
If you are self-isolating, try to keep away from your pets. If this is unavoidable, wash your hands before and after contact.
Caroline Reay, Head of Veterinary Services at Blue Cross, said: “Yes, they are allowed out of the house – but have another member of your household walk your pet for you while you are sick.
“If you have no-one to walk your dog, then they can’t go for a walk as you will need to self-quarantine, but they can go out in the garden for toilet breaks.”
All in all this will be a bad time for people and animals alike. The need to keep your dog entertained and toileted is one thing, but also the need for people to stay safe is another.
More information can be found here. I know people get tied up with their own thoughts and needs but do spare that one thought, Coronavirus how does it affect our dog. So when he or she comes pestering you to play or go out try to think to yourself Coronavirus how does it affect our dogs and think of how their life is being changed in these worst of times.
Also hold a thought in your mind about panic buying dog food and stocking up more than you will need. Shelters for dogs are facing problems getting food for their homeless ones, read about it here
Not only think Coronavirus how does it affect our dogs but think how does what I do affect others.