How To Exercise Your Dog During Isolation

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How To Exercise Your Dog During Isolation

COVID-19 is a new virus that little is known about. It is causing a challenging situation throughout the world. It can be scary, and many people are in self-isolation. For up to date information and restrictions, check your local government website. 


The RSPCA has advised the following: 
"While there's no evidence to suggest that pets can be carriers of Coronavirus or can become ill from it themselves, your pets may be impacted if you or any members of your family test positive for the virus or are asked to stay at home and self-isolate. 
We're urging pet owners not to panic and not to abandon their pets. There are lots of easy ways to take care of your pets' needs even if you can't leave the house."


Getting your dog adequate exercise and mental stimulation can be challenging when you're limited to your yard or garden. 
If available, speak to neighbors, local walkers or boarders and see if you can get your dog exercised by them, or cared for while you are in isolation. 


Here is a list of all the ways to exercise your dog whilst in self-isolation:
  • Teach them a new trick. Our favorites are 'Bow,' 'Down,' 'Stay,' 'Shake,' 'Wave,' 'Crawl.'
  • Practice recall in the yard.
  • Play fetch (throwing the ball for your dog to chase and bring it back).
  • Play catch (throwing the ball for your dog to catch and bring it back to you).
  • Play tug-of-war (using a rope toy to pull against each other). 
  • Use food puzzles or enrichment activities. Check out our post on our favorite 7 Enrichment Games.
  • Use calming, licking food games, like the kong or lick mat. If you're short on ideas of what to fill the kong with, check out our article on 3 Kong Stuffing Recipes.
  • Make an obstacle course using chairs, stools, and cushions and guide your dog through with a treat.
  • Teach your dog to play 'Find It.' Start by making your dog wait and hiding a treat or toy in another room and then returning to them and telling them to 'Find It.' 
  • Make a bottle spinner. Not only is this great for brain training, but it's perfect to use as a slow feeder. Check out our post with video Bottle Spinning Game For Dogs.
  • Play 'Which Hand,' have a treat in one hand with a closed fist and make your dog use their nose to indicate which hand the treat is hiding in.
  • Play 'Which Cup.' Similarly to 'Which Hand,' use 3 colored cups and hide a treat under 1, switch the cups around like a magic trick, and make your dog find which cup has the treat under.
  • Teach your dog to dance with tricks like spinning in a circle and going under your legs.
  • If you can order online, or have the supplies at home, make a snuffle mat, check out our article on How To Make A Snuffle Mat. They are a great way to keep your dog occupied and make their meal last longer.


Things To Remember For Your Pet During COVID-19 Isolation:

  • Please keep your hands clean, wash them after every encounter with your dog. 
  • Remember, they will need toilet breaks, let them sniff around the garden, and allow them plenty of rest breaks.
  • Make sure you have enough dog food in, or the possibility of it being delivered by a neighbor (at a safe distance).
  • Ensure your dog has adequate fresh water.
  • If they are getting less physical exercise, adjust their food accordingly to stop excessive weight gain. 
  • If your dog requires a vet appointment, always call them in the first instance. They should have precautionary measures in place for self-isolation.
If you need more information, check out the recommendations from your local government, Go CompareRSPCA, and PSDA



Easy and Cheap Activity and Exercise Ideas For Self-Isolation For Your Dog






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Disclaimer: Each dog is different, and every circumstance is different. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, it is not provided by a qualified Veterinarian, Veterinarian Surgeon, or Behaviorist. The information provided is purely educational. The information should not be used as an alternative or substitute for medical care. If you have any health or medical concerns, contact a qualified Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinarian immediately.


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