If there is some silver lining about COVID-19, it is that the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization agree that there are no signs that dogs can get the Coronavirus or spread it to others.
However, the lifestyle change that humans are going through has also affected our dogs. Simba is a little confused at the moment on why we are home all the time, or why he gets introduced to random folks on video calls or why I want to cuddle every time he wants to nap. However, he is happy about getting a lot more treats throughout the day than he is used to.
I understand that depending on where we are located, we are in a different kind of lockdown or quarantine situation. While some are completely indoors for several days, others can still step out for walks. Whatever your situation, you might still be looking for ideas on activities to keep you and your pup busy during this time. We have put together a shortlist for you to consider.
1. Go for a walk
The weather is getting better as Spring approaches. This is a great time to step outside, breathe in some fresh air and exercise your pup. You can take your dog to a nearby hike (some good places listed here) or just go for a walk around the neighborhood.
2. Teach an old dog some new tricks
Now that you may have some time on your hands, why not invest it in training your dog? Training provides mental exercise for the dog and can tire them out at the end of the day. Keep the sessions short and entertaining. You can teach your dogs some of the basic training or a party trick to show off when we can all be social again!
3. Redecorate your pet space/room
Take on a project to spruce up your pet's space or room. If you have a dedicated space for them, consider adding a fresh coat of paint or a new dog bed. Rooms to Go has some ideas and inspirations on creating that perfect space for your pup to relax in.
Picture courtesy: Dog's Best Life
4. Take some delicious treats
If you have kids at home, this is a fun idea to get them involved as well. Bake a few treats for your pups and use different cookie cutters to create fun shapes. You can use yogurt to ice the cookies. Here is a quick and easy recipe to try at home.
Do you have any other ideas on activities with your pup during our isolation period? Share them in the comments below.
We would also like to let you know that Simba's BARKery is continuing its operations during this time. We are taking the necessary safety precautions as recommended by the CDC and continue to monitor the situation. Simba's BARKery offers delivery services within the Dallas | Fort Worth area.