This week the RSPCA has been issuing the country with advice as to how best look after their pets during the Coronavirus outbreak.
To keep you dogs happy inside, mental stimulation is the key. It’s a great way to keep your dog entertained and occupied even if you’re replacing exercise with other activities, until you are able to take them back out for their usual walks.
Here are 6 top tips the RSPCA recommend to keep your pooch happy when you can’t leave your home.
- Try challenging your pooch at tea time – ditch the food bowl and feed Fido using a kong, or a food puzzle to get them thinking.
2. Play, play, play! Most dogs love to play so set aside some time to have a good game of fetch or tug with your pooch.
3. Learning a new trick or command is great mental stimulation for a dog. Get out their favourite treats and try teaching Fido how to wave his paw, ‘sit’, ‘lie down’, or ‘roll-over’.
4. Get him sniffing – scent work can be a great way to keep them busy for ages! Hide treats around the garden or around the house and send them off in search of them. If you feed your dog kibble this can be a great way to serve them their meals
5. Remember toilet breaks – remember your dog will still need to go outside to use the toilet so make sure they get regular access to the garden to potter, sniff and wee.
6. Spotify has recently launched ‘My Dog’s Favourite Podcast’ which has a range of carefully selected spoken word, sound and original music designed to encourage relaxation.
If you ask us, more time with your pup is always a treat!