Helping your dog survive quarantine

Helping your dog survive quarantine

Quarantine means you are home bound and a lot of people have pets in their homes. Have you taken measures to take care of your pets during this time?

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Dogs love being outside, but with the coronavirus pandemic requiring humans to stay indoors, what does that mean for our furry friends?

READ: Coronavirus and Your Dog: No Need to Panic Yet

We take a look at what you can do to ensure that your dog remains fit and healthy during these times of quarantine.

Prepare properly

Now we are not talking stockpiling and clearing the shelves at your local shop - you must not do that, but it is important to have enough food for your dog in the house when you self-quarantine. Avoiding the shops as much as possible is very important, so buy enough dog food for at least two weeks.

Dog owners also need to have extra preventative medication available for conditions like fleas, ticks, worms, and any medicine prescribed by your dog's vet.

The potty problem

According to dog trainer Ettel Edshteyn at Poodles to Pit Bulls Clicker Training, it is vital to teach your dog to potty indoors before going into quarantine - and it's easier than you think: Potty pad training your dog.

Keep them enriched indoors

Being indoors will prohibit you from keeping your dog physically active, so it's essential to not leave that aspect out of the equation entirely. Toys are a great way to keep them entertained, while allowing them to run up and down the passage or in a dedicated room will give them much-needed exercise. Get them to chase you so you also get some exercise in.

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