Ways to Entertain your Pets whilst Social Distancing
Unlike cats, dogs always need stimulation. While cats can happily go about their daily lives without significant human interaction, dogs thrive on companionship and following their master.
Normally, we find people are concerned with how to fulfil this need while they are at work. Now, there are an increasing number of our community either working at home or social distancing due to COVID-19. While it is important that we all be extremely diligent in our effort to contain the virus and looking after our health, your dog still needs their daily exercise. So, what can you do and where can you go with your dog?
How To Entertain Your Dog Around The House
There is no doubt that your fur baby is soaking up the extra companionship during the day but while we all might have more time at home we are still busy or distracted by the events that are unfolding. Whether it’s making arrangements to set up an office space at home or dare we mention it…..patrolling the shops for toilet paper or other sought after essentials from the supermarkets.
Here is a list of tips on how you can entertain your dog at home. You might find it’s a great way to keep the kids or adults of the house busy too. You can make these activities as creative as you like and there are plenty of places on the internet to provide you with tips and information to make sure you are making all activities safe for your pet.
- Hide treats around the house
- Play hide and seek with toys
- Play tug of war with your dog
- Use interactive dog toys
- Make your own fun and safe dog toys
- Buy new toys online
- Alternate toys to keep your dog’s interest
- Work on some simple obedience training
- Give their brain a workout by practising some new tricks
- Make your own DIY agility course
Where Can I Go?
While it is important that we keep our social distance at this time it is still ok to leave the house. Going for a walk, driving in the car and visiting a dog park are all approved activities and we have not yet been recommended to avoid these. It is important to be mindful of yours and your fur family’s mental health if you are being isolated more so than usual. Just remember that you should be keeping at least 1.5 metres distance from people and wash your hands regularly.
UPDATE 6/4/20: Brisbane Dog Parks are closed at this time. Please check for updates from your local council.
Here are our top 10 picks for dog parks around Brisbane:
- GJ Walter Park, Cleveland
- Aquatic Paradise Dog Park, Birkdale
- Buddina Off Leash Dog Park, Pt Cartwrigh
- Sunset Dog Park, Ashgrove
- Kedron Brook Floodway Dog Park, Gordon Park
- Green Hill Reserve, Chapel Hill
- Schuster Park, Tallebudgera
- Downfall Creek Reserve Dog Park, Geebung
- Colmslie Recreation Reserve Off Leash Dog Beach, Morningside
- Kroll Gardens Dog Off Leash Park, Clontarf
Keeping Our Community Entertained
Taught your dogs any new tricks while at home or found a great place or activity to keep them entertained at this time. Please share it with our community. Together we will get through this!
Please share your tricks, photos, happier self-isolating moments with your fur friends to our Facebook page today!