We’ve got some quick tips from our dog behaviourist to keep your dog happy and entertained while at home.
1. ARE YOU FEEDING YOUR DOG FROM A BOWL?
Throw the bowl away and feed them from a rubber Kong instead! Eating from a bowl takes only a few seconds and doesn’t satisfy your dog’s urge to lie down and chew as they would in the wild. By feeding from a Kong toy you extend playtime, reduce barking, and allow your dog to really get a good jaw workout so they’re less likely to chew the furniture!
Make their mealtime more interesting by adding a few treats inside the Kong. We have a great selection of high quality grain-free and single protein treats for dogs with sensitive tummies.
You can also try changing your dog’s diet to something more appetising, such as Nature’s Menu raw food.
Or if you’re a little shy of feeding your dog raw, give Lilly’s Kitchen a try. Their Wild Campfire Stew will have your dog feeling very well taken care of!
2. SET UP A TREASURE HUNT!
You don’t have to buy fancy toys or puzzles to keep your dog busy during quarantine.
All you need is a fleece blanket and some small treats. Hide the treats along the edge of the blanket, slowly rolling it up into a burrito as you add more and more treats. This helps your dog enjoy sniffing and digging for the treats. You can also hide treats around the house – just make sure your dog doesn’t see where you’re hiding them!
We love the WOOLF Chunkies for this because they’re small and with no junk ingredients like corn or wheat. Plus they have a good selection of different proteins to choose from if your dog has a sensitive tummy.
3. GIVE YOUR DOG A MASSAGE
This might seem like it won’t help your dog when you’re in lockdown, but the truth is that dogs can get very stressed when they’re not able to go out and explore their territory every day, especially if that’s a routine they’re used to.
Give them a relaxing massage for 15 minutes by applying light pressure starting with the ears, and working slowly along their back, under the chest, and down their legs.
If your dog seems uncomfortable or flinches at all when you do this, stop immediately and take note of the area that they were uncomfortable with. Avoid that area as you may have found an injury or a tight muscle that needs professional help.