5 Things to Do With Your Pup During Quarantine

Chances are, Covid-19 has effected your dog in ways you might not have realized. Are you working from home these days? Dogs are habitual creatures, and recognize a schedule change. Do you typically take your dog out to the store, or on shopping trips? If that part of your routine has changed, then it's possible they are perceiving that as well. Everyone is doing the best they can to stay positive, active, and productive during this time. So, we've put together some ideas that are mutually beneficial for your pup, and yourself while we wait out the Coronavirus.

Get outside and explore new places 
Getting outside is good for the mind and the soul, this is true for humans, and also for dogs. Being outdoors is mentally stimulating for your dog, allows them to exercise, and provides a refreshing change to an otherwise mundane "quarantine" schedule. You can use the handy app AllTrails to find a trails and hiking areas nearby. Be sure to follow the social distance rules since they vary by state.



Stimulating brain games. 
Stuff a toy with treats or play the 'find the treats' game. Hide a treat in your hands and have them guess which hand the treats are in. (Or hide 1 treat in 1 of 3 cups, like the shell game, if you have a real Einstein on your hands) These are activities that can keep your pup excited, engaged, and mentally stimulated. What's more, playing with your pup will should help fight off any quarantine blues that we humans sometimes feel. 😉



Spaw day! 
Time to pamper that sweet doggo. First is a soothing bath with your favorite doggie shampoo. You can try spreading some peanut butter on the tub wall if bath time isn’t their favorite. This will help them stay focused on something else so you can lather them properly w/o engaging in a wrestling match. Towel them dry and move onto moisturizing their sniffer and their paws with some Paw and Snout Balm, ensuring both paws and snout are mostly dry beforehand. If your pup is completely against baths give our Dry Shampoo a try for a waterless wash. The dry shampoo will help remove any odors and cling to dirt.





Make a yummy snack for your fur friend

Here is a delicious peanut butter coconut snack we think your dog will love! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of all-natural peanut butter. 
  • 1 teaspoon unprocessed coconut oil. 
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. 
  • 1 silicone paw print tray (optional). 

Directions: 

  1. Be sure the coconut oil is in liquid form. If not, place coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until melted.
  2.  Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is completely smooth and thoroughly mixed. Mixture should be thick, but pourable.
  3. Pour mixture into tray and freeze until set.
  4. Carefully remove from the tray and store in an air-tight container in the freezer (they soften quickly).
  5. Chow time!!


    Spend extra time bonding together 
    If your dog is a cuddle-bug, it’s time to get all snuggly. So, bring over their favorite blanket and flip on your favorite movie. This is also a perfect time to teach your pup a new trick. It keeps their mind working and learning while giving you some time to bond to your fur friend.


      This is a confusing and weird time for everyone so it’s best to find things that are uplifting and activities that keep you feeling hopeful. Enjoy this downtime with your family, your fur pal(s), and take lots of photos! 

      What ideas did we miss? Have you discovered other activities your and your dog enjoy since being home more? Comment below!

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