The effect of COVID-19 on pets: An expert’s guide on how you can help your dogs stay active

If dogs and every other furry pet out there could thank COVID in person, I’m pretty sure they would have spent the last few months doing so. Not for being immune to its effects (of course, they aren’t), but for the once in a lifetime opportunity COVID has given to them – a chance to spend quality time with their owners.

All their lives, one thing pets have always craved the most is attention. Unfortunately, due to the daily obligations of most pet parents, it is almost impossible to cater to these needs.

But thanks to the fact that many of us are now self-isolating, self-quarantining, and working from home, the time is there to finally heed the pleas of our four-legged family members who have been begging for attention for ages.

That said, here are some tips on how you can help your dogs stay active indoors, happy, and engaged while you’re working from home.

How to keep your dog active indoors: Fun training ideas

One of the best ways to tire your dogs out, while also keeping them engaged mentally is by subjecting them to some training sessions. This can also be a great way for you to take a break from your computer screen and refresh yourself.

Here are some fun training ideas to get started.

  • Play some scent games: To do this, you can start by hiding a treat right in front of your pup and asking them to find it. After this, slowly add distance between you guys while you hide the treat so that your furry friend will have to scout the entire place, searching for the treat, exercising lots of mental strength in the process.
  • Hide and seek things: Even betterif you have kids around you. Get your pup running around and seeking things, which could be you, the kids, or other things.
  • Take an indoor dog walk: Perhaps every evening, you can take a stroll around the building with your little friend. This can be a great training technique for working on stop and sits, heeling, eye contact, awareness, commands, and much more.
  • Train with household items: Work on your pup’s agility using some household items. Common agility course includes making tunnels under chair legs, jumping over brooms and mops, hitting buckets and climbing the stairs.
  • Add dancing into the mix: With kids around, everyone can participate in a dancing session that lasts for minutes, selecting songs, exchanging dance moves, and high-fiving.

How to keep your dog active: Play games with them

  • Play fetch: Dogs are naturally good with games, especially one that involves them running around. So to teach your dog to play fetch or Frisbee can really be a nice idea for the bonding process. Obviously, if your pup is still learning the ropes of this game, you’re going to have to do a lot of the fetching yourself. But not to worry, your pup will catch up with you pretty soon.
  • Get them SoccerED: Another game that involves running around is soccer. So if you’re looking to tire your pups out quickly, soccer might be a great place to go after teaching them to fetch. Kick the ball to them and teach them to kickback. Although they may be reluctant at first, once they become interested in the ball, they won’t take their eyes off it.
  • Doggie Dash: While dogs might take a while to learn how to fetch or play soccer, the ability to run from pillar to post is a natural trait, one they love to exhibit whenever they get the chance. So, go for a quick run around the backyard or across it from fence to fence. Most likely, your little pup will win the race, but they won’t rub your loss in your face, as long as you keep up.
  • Take a walk together: Perhaps your buddy isn’t so ripe for the runs yet, you can just go for a walk down the street (don’t worry, as long as you’re staying at least 1-meter away from the nearest person to you, you won’t be violating any law). But don’t think of it as taking the dog for a walk, just think of it as two buddies taking a stroll, enjoying each other’s companies, and having fun.
  • Swim together: Swimming is another great way to help them stay active. But be sure that your pup is able to survive in the waters before dumping their ass in it. When you’re done, you can kick back and float around the pool, basking in the rays. Breeds like Goldendoodles are particularly great at swimming, and you can get them from breeders like ABCs Puppy Zs.

Conclusion

No caps, dogs are such a wonderful pet to spend your time with, especially those that have been raised in family-friendly environments.

But, of course, in order to enjoy the best of companionships with your dogs, you need to get a breed that’s renowned for its friendliness, because all dogs aren’t made equal. For example, if you’re looking for the perfect breed for you and your kids to spend time with while staying at home, the best option would be a Goldendoodle. But be careful where you buy your Goldendoodle pup from because the breed is still fairly new, and not all Goldendoodle breeders are quite up to speed with the different generations of this breed.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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