Many of us across the UK have been adjusting to a new way of life over the past few weeks; adjusting to being furloughed or working from home. Each comes with positives, such as; being closer to the snack cupboard, working in pyjamas and spending more time with your pet.
Like the majority of us, our dogs are also likely finding this change in circumstance quite difficult. Perhaps they are used to going to kennels Abergele during the working week for doggy day care - they could easily be out of their own preferred routine too. Here are some things you as an owner can do to make your pup feel more comfortable with the situation.
All dogs should have their own safe spot in the house to run off to when they need some quiet time. This could be a spare bedroom, under the stairs, the utility room or a bed in the corner of a room.
For some, a crate is their preferred place, placing a nice comfortable bed inside, some favourite toys and maybe a long-lasting chew of some description.
On average, adult dogs sleep for between 12 and 16 hours every day, and puppies need more sleep than that. Most dogs use the time when everyone is out of the house during the day to sleep - so having us around constantly during the day in lockdown means that many dogs aren’t getting the rest they need. Placing a bed in a quiet spot they like will mean that they can sneak off for forty winks without being disturbed by the kids or the daily work video call.
Current guidance states that we can leave the house once per day for exercise - if you live with another person you can each take your dog out once. However, many dogs will have to make do with one walk per day. Some dogs prefer walking early in the morning, while others enjoy an evening walk instead. Try to mix up your route to avoid you or your dog from getting too bored!
Providing mental stimulation for your dog is crucial at the moment, as it gives them something to do and enriches their daily lives. It can also be used as a method for relieving boredom and unwanted behaviours. Scatter feeding is a great option for mental stimulation.
The best advice is to simply enjoy this extra time with your pup, let them bring you moments of unrivaled joy and friendship during this uncertain time.
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