The current restrictions, such as physical distancing and lockdown, due to the COVID-19 pandemic has an impact on both humans and animals. Many pets 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 dogs, for whom this outbreak can also be challenging, especially if they are kept inside for longer periods than usual.

To help make things a little easier we have pulled together some ideas on how to keep your dogs occupied. Here are some ideas to keep your dogs busy:

  1. Search Games: Hiding some treats and toys all around the house will create something like a scavenger hunt for your dog. He 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.
  2. Shell 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Chewing: is a natural behavior for dogs and chews such as Kongs can keep your dog busy for hours, as well as helping to maintain good dog dental hygiene.
  5. Teach basic commands: Does he already know the important commands like “sit”, “stay”, “come”? Now is the time to put in some hours of reward-based training. 
  6. Teach names: Give toys names and ask your dog to fetch “teddy”, “ball”, or “dolly” and put them in a box.
  7. Tidying up: Much to the delight of your children, train your dog to also put away his toys, preferably in a box.

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