These are trying times. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created mass panic throughout the world. People are being told to stay in their homes and away from each other. “Social distancing” is what the media is calling it. Due to this recent phenomenon, I’ve compiled a great list of solo and indoor activities for you and your dog. This list is also beneficial for other situations, such as dealing with inclement weather or icky seasons.
Solo and Indoor Activities for You and Your Dog
I want to firstly note that there is NO evidence that Coronavirus can be spread to or from our pets. So basically if you want to completely avoid people and spend all of your time with your pets, I absolutely condone it.
Let’s jump into our list.
Take Long Walks
Schools are closed and many people are working remotely. Instead of taking quick walks with your dog, take advantage of your new routine and enjoy longer walks. You and your dog could both use the fresh air, exercise and bonding time.
Check Out a New Park
You know that local park you’ve been wanting to check out? Now’s the time! Take your dog for a picnic or game of fetch at the park.
Snuggle and Watch Movies
Because who doesn’t love snuggling with their dog while watching classic Disney flicks?!
Bake Some DIY Dog Treats
Bust out your baking supplies and make some dog treats! I have a long list of simple homemade dog treat recipes.
Work on Training
If you’re stuck inside, brush up on some basic obedience training. Your dog will love the treats and undivided attention.
Teach Your Dog New Tricks
YouTube is a beautiful thing. Launch the app and look up some fun tricks to teach your dog. Remember to use lots of treats and positive reinforcement.
Try a New Outdoor Activity
If there’s something new you’ve been wanting to try with your pup, why not do it now?! Try paddle boarding or kayaking. You can even buy some agility equipment for your backyard and spend time learning obstacles. You could also go camping or check out a new hiking trail. Maybe you could even take your dog to the beach!
Work on Photography
Want to learn to take cute photos of your doggo? Now’s your chance! All you need is some treats and a decent sit-stay command. Then you can work with blankets as backdrops and dog toys as props!
Bath and Grooming
Is your dog stinky?! Give them a bath! You can also offer a delightful brush massage to remove dead hair and skin, and get that blood flowing. Our favorite dog shampoo is 4-Legger.
Treat Puzzles and Games
Treat puzzles and slow feeders are a great way to offer mental stimulation. They decrease boredom and increase focus. Treat puzzles allow your dog to work on a task in the safety of your home. They also slow down feeding for those dogs who tend to scarf down their meals. Wynston really enjoys his snuffle mat, so I highly recommend trying one out.
Amidst the current status of our society and planet, how to you plan to spend time with your dog?