Published On: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2020

Social distancing: Tips to keep your dogs entertained indoors during coronavirus outbreak

Thousands of cases have been reported in the UK, and the Government is advising people to adhere to a number of social distancing measures. At this time, people are advised to reduce their social contact and stay indoors. These measures will no doubt impact on people and their pets, but there are plenty of ways to keep your canine companions occupied in the house during the current outbreak.

Can I walk my dog while the UK is social distancing?

You can take your dog outside for a walk currently, but the Government has stressed the need to distance yourself from others.

The current advice is to stay at least two metres away from other people, and avoid all non-essential contact.

However, if you are self-isolating, you should not leave your home to walk your dog.

Self-isolation means staying at home, and not leaving your home to go to work, school or any public areas.

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Anyone who shows symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough) must self-isolate at home for seven days.

If you live in a household with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.

If you are self-isolating, you can let your dog out in the garden instead of taking them out for a walk.

You can also arrange for a friend or relative to help walk the dog, but they will need to be informed you are self-isolating so plans can be made to protect everyone involved.

Canagan, the grain-free pet food experts, have also revealed some of the best ways you can keep your dog entertained while indoors.

Some ideas include:

Build a doggy den

Dogs love to snuggle down in a cosy space.

Whether it’s blankets piled with their favourite toys or renovating your spare bedroom into their very own pet pad, your dog will be very grateful of their own little sanctuary to retreat to.

Tricks and indoor games

A productive way to entertain your dog is to teach them new tricks.

Train them to bark on command, shake hands, play fetch or roll over – the list is endless!

There’s no better time to test their intelligence with a few new skills.

Make good use of the garden

If you are fortunate enough to have a lovely garden, make the most of this private space with your dog.

A little run-around and game of fetch makes for a fun afternoon and gets your steps up, too.

A spot of fresh air, away from the public, will do you both the world of good.

Play with toys

A good old-fashioned game of fetch with a soft ball or toy is a great way to entertain a dog with boundless energy.

If you’re lucky enough to have a long corridor or a spacious living room, and valuables are safely stowed away, indoor fetch can make for a fun, energetic afternoon.

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