7 Ways To Exercise Your Dog While You’re At Home
The coronavirus has altered many aspects of our day to day lives, including the implementation of social distancing and working from home. While your pup is probably thrilled that you’re home, they still require the same amount of daily exercise, which can be difficult during this situation.
At Pupsi, we want to make sure that the virus does not impact the health of dogs in negative ways due to lack of exercise, so we put together the top 7 ways to exercise your pup while practicing social distancing.
- Dog Daycare
- Mental Challenges
- Fetch in your backyard
- Hide and Seek
- Dog Treadmills
- Walks in your neighborhood
Activities For Your Pet While You Practice Social Distancing
1. Dog Daycare
Daycare for your dog is a fantastic way to not only socialize them, but to make sure they’re meeting the proper amount of exercise needed. Pupsi’s cleaning process and hands-free drop-off and pick-up policy is strict and will give you peace of mind during this tough time. To learn more about Pupsi’s daycare, click here.
Most dogs love playing tug-of-war, which is a great game to play indoors! This is a fantastic way to challenge your pup and let them have fun during a break from work or after hours.
3. Mental Challenges
Physical activity isn’t the only way to make your dog tired – mental games and challenges do, too! Mentally stimulating activities enrich your dogs’ lives and help give them something to do. A great way to mentally challenge your dog is by working on their training. Pupsi offers many different training courses, which allows your pup to learn obedience and new tricks, while also socializing with other dogs.
4. Fetch In Your Backyard
Another safe way to exercise your dog but also practice safe social distancing is by grabbing a tennis ball or a frisbee and playing fetch outside! Not only will it tire your pup out, but it allows you to get some fresh air too.
5. Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is a popular children’s game, but dogs love it too! Just tell your pup to sit and stay, hide in the house and then call their name. The activity and challenge of finding you is fun and tiring for your dog.
6. Dog Treadmills
A dog on a treadmill might sound silly, but it’s actually a great way to exercise your dog! Just make sure to introduce the machine to your dog slowly, and always keep an eye on them.
7. Walks In Your Neighborhood
Taking a walk in your neighborhood is a great way to break up your day and allow for some fresh air, sunshine and exercise for your pup. Just make sure that you stay at a distance from other people so you are still practicing social distancing.
No Matter The Situation, Your Dog Needs Activity
Your dog still needs the same amount of exercise to feel their best, even when we are instructed to stay close to home and away from people. We hope the 7 ideas above will inspire you to make this season the best and healthiest for your furry friend!
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If you would like to talk to us about enrolling your pup in daycare, or need some advice on pet care during this time, contact us today! We are open and operating with normal business hours.
How to Tell if Your Dog Has the K9 Flu
Thankfully we have not seen any cases but, in light of the current spread of K9 Flu in NC please make sure to monitor your dog for any flu like symptoms and see your vet if necessary. If your dog is acting lethargic or different than usual, sneezing, coughing, discharging mucus or holding a resting temperature above 103 please keep them at home and contact your local vet.
Pupsi has been following the news as best we can and is staying in close contact with our veterinarians for any updates. Currently, as there is no vaccine for this flu we are relying on owners to monitor their dogs for symptoms and if showing any signs to keep them at home and contact their vet. Pupsi keeps a stringent sanitation policy in effect to maintain cleanliness of the facility and will continue to monitor for any symptoms in our guests during their stay.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your patronage.