A lot of dogs are getting in good shape during the COVID-19 pandemic as they spend more time with their owner indoor than ever before. Staying indoor might be a great thing for you and your dog, but have you thought of your dog being bored?
Due to social distancing or self-isolating as per the coronavirus epidemic, you might need to stay at home.
According to dog psychologist Dr. Stanley Coren, the most important stimuli for dogs include:
- Exposure to interesting places and things
- New and exciting experiences
- Constant opportunities to learn things and solve problems
- Investigating and interacting with objects and the environment around them
The question is that does your dog have all these at the period-COVID19 pandemic?
If your dog spends their time sitting in the house all day, without any of the stimuli mentioned above, they are very likely to get bored.
Of course, they begin to misbehave such as loud and excessive barking, chewing shoes and clothes, and demolishing furniture. However, all this is to self-entertain themself.
Due to the fact that dogs can be a carrier of COVID-19, it is your responsibility to keep your dog out of trouble. And the best way to do this is to keep them indoors. But most dog parents have forgotten the aspect of keeping dogs mentally stimulated.
However, if you’re in the shoes already, below, are ways that can help you keep your dog from getting bored at this time of COVID-19.
Using a piece of food or treat
You must have given hear to the review: animals become extremely proactive when it comes to food.
When it comes to feeding your dog, the options are just as varied: Kibble or raw, with grain or without, meals in a crate or loose in the kitchen, free feed or meals served only at a certain time.
In a perfect world, you tell your dog to sit, come, go down and to roll over and they do it every single time. That would be very cool to keep them happy at this period.
The American Kennel Club said using treats is the best way to guarantee that your dog will repeat the behavior you want. Remember, your aim at this pandemic is to bored-free your dog. So, start using a treat to change the atmosphere of the environment.
Looking for a fun way to keep your dog entertained and out of trouble? Try adding a few games into your dog’s routine. Not sure where to start?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From using a flirt pole to playing hide & seek, here are some fun games to play with your dog during COVID-19.
Play Tug of War
Tug of war, with your dog, is one of the easiest ways to engage in meaningful play. If you’re looking for a fun way to entertain your dog at the same time it’s hard to go wrong with a game of tug. Dogs love a good game of tug, and they enjoy playing interactive games. Playing tug will give your dog a great mental and physical workout which is good enough for your dog to stay out of boredom.
Tidy up your toys
If your dog has quite a collection of toys. Start by having your dog pick up a toy near where the box is. Have your dog “drop it” while standing over the toy box. This is a great game to play with your dog as they also clean up after themselves.
Play a Game of Hiding & Seek
Hide and seek might not seem all that complex or entertain to us, but a lot of dogs get a real kick out of it.
Play a Game of Fetch
It’s not a bad idea to play fetch with your dog inside or within the house environment. If you don’t like the idea of playing fetch indoors you could turn it into a simple game of catch.
Some dogs will be fascinated by bubbles and do it anyway. Other dogs may need you to show them what to do. Start by blowing one or two bubbles. If your dog doesn’t show any interest, point at the bubble and make a big deal of it. If they still are not sure what to do catch the bubble yourself.
A Flirt pole is like a giant cat tickler for dogs. It has a long handle with a bungy type rope with a lure or toy attached to the end. You simply move the lure along the ground around in circles or in different directions as your dog chases it. It works directly with their natural prey instinct.
Use a Stuffed Kong to Keep Your Dog Entertained
Stuffed Kongs are favorite when it comes to relieving dog boredom because they’re so easy to prepare. If you want to keep your dog busy for a while try stuffing a Kong with some of their favorite treats. You can freeze some peanut butter or broth inside, or just put some treats in there and give your dog something to work for.
Using a stuffed Kong is a great way to keep your dog occupied while you’re at work. Put your stuffed Kong in the freezer overnight and give it to your dog in the morning
Let Your Dog Help With Chores
Lastly, dogs love having a job to do, even if it’s something as simple as fetching you your slippers. You can make them feel even more useful by teaching them the names of some items you wouldn’t mind having retrieved