How to captivate your dog, the Coronavirus lockdown

In this post I hope to help give people some ideas on how to captivate your dog during the Coronavirus lockdown. Hopefully these ideas will entertain your dog and you. Lessening the burden of a dog with energy to burn. If you have any of the following type breeds they normally require loads of exercise and will act up when not getting the walks and attention they need.

  1. Australian Shepherd.  
  2. Laborador Retriever.
  3. Golden Retriever. 
  4. Weimaraner. … 
  5. Rhodesian Ridgeback. 
  6. Dalmation. 
  7. Border Collie. 
  8. Siberian Husky.
  9. German Shepherd
  10. Belgian Malinois

This list is by no means exhaustive but will give some idea of the type of dogs I mean..

How to captivate your dog  during the Coronavirus lockdown
How to captivate your dog during the Coronavirus lockdown

The Rules Of The Lockdown Affecting Dog Owners

Dog walking is permitted as part of the one form of daily exercise outlined by the new rules. 

This means that dog walkers will be allowed to leave their home once a day to take their dog for a walk as part of these guidelines.

Households with two or more adults will have to take it in turns to walk their dog if the dog usually gets walked more than once a day.

As most dogs I assume get walked more than once a day, if you live alone and you can not get someone else to walk your dog fido is going to get to be one very bored dog.

The current lockdown is affecting our dogs, such things as physical distancing and lockdown, due to the COVID-19 pandemic has an impact on both humans and animals. Many dogs will find their daily routines suddenly changed and their owners at home instead of at work.

While this can be an anxious time for everybody it is important to see things positively and use this as an opportunity to do things, we might not usually have time for. One of which is spending more time with our pets, for whom this outbreak can also be challenging, especially if they are kept inside for longer periods than usual.

How to captivate your dog with games

  • Find the treat game: Place three plastic cups upside-down on the floor and hide a treat under one of the cups. Move the cups around each other while your dog watches the movements. Then see if he can find the cup with his reward.
  • Hide and seek Games: Hiding some treats and toys all around the house will create something like a scavenger hunt for your dog. He/She can use his senses and find these rewards once he finds your hiding spots. Just make sure you only hide small amounts of tasty food, and not too much.
  • Frozen treats: are another source of fun and entertainment.  You just need to put some food or a treat in an ice-cream container, fill it with water and freeze it. Your pet will have lots of fun waiting for the ice to melt and revealing the delicious surprise for him to enjoy.
  • Teach names: Give toys names and ask your dog to fetch ball and put them in a box.
  • Chewing: is a natural behaviour for dogs and chews such as Kongs can keep your dog busy for hours, as well as helping to maintain good dog dental hygiene.
  • Tidying up: Train your dog to also put away his toys, preferably in a box.

The tidying up game is especially useful as it can be used after playing games and saves you collecting up your dogs toys.

Put your toys away..

How to captivate your dog with training

Training: Does he already know the important commands like “sit”, “stay”, “come”? Now is the time to put in some hours of reward-based training. You can try it with clicker training

Clicker Training.

Do you have any ideas to share of how to entertain and tire your dog while at home?

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