Current government guidelines regarding the Covid-19 pandemic requires you to self-isolate for 14 days once returning to the UK from select abroad countries. This restriction means that you MUST only be within your home and garden at all times. Unfortunately, this does apply to exercise and dog walking too.
How to give your dog a walk
To ensure your dog is getting at least one walk a day, you could ask someone you trust (a family member, friend or neighbour) to walk your dog for you while you are in the 14 day quarantine period. If you don’t have anyone you could ask to keep up your dog’s usual walking routine, there are plenty of doggy day care and dog walking services available. This is also a great way for your dog to socialise with other dogs.
Keeping your dog entertained at home
If your dog is used to having an active lifestyle and multiple walks each day, keeping your dog mentally stimulated in the home and garden will ensure they don’t get bored. Boredom in dogs can lead to stress and destructive behaviours. To ensure your dog doesn’t get bored during these 14 days, here are some small things you can do each day to keep them entertained and occupied.
- Use a food puzzle – Not only does this slow your dog down while eating, but it is a really fun way for them to enjoy mealtimes. We recommend this product.
- Play with your dog – Most dogs absolutely love to play with their owners. Not only will it give them some exercise, but it will also help to develop your bond. A game of fetch or tug of war is perfect for this.
- Training – Dogs love learning at any age. Learning a new trick or command is a great way to pass the time. Just be sure to do it in short bursts so that your dog doesn’t get frustrated.
- Hide treats – Hiding your dog’s favourite treats around the house and garden is a great way to get them using their noses. You can also buy toys that slowly dispense treats while your dog is playing with it. This is a popular one by the brand Kong.
If you are self-isolating, why not use this time to develop the bond you and your dog have? Read our tips here.