If someone was happy with the pandemic, it must be our pet dog. They saw their favorite humans 24×7, showed up unexpectedly on video calls, and binged with us while we caught up on our favorite shows and movies. However, with organizations asking employees to restart working from offices, pets may get more demanding as they will stop receiving their hourly dosage of belly rubs.
Srikanth Shankar, a canine consultant, believes that many pet dogs were welcomed into homes during the pandemic and have spent a lot of time with their owners. Therefore, he believes that training the dogs to be alone for short periods in safe enclosed spaces such as a pen, crate, or dedicated room can help prepare them for when their owners have to head back to work. But, Srikanth adds, “It will take some time for your pets to get used to this new situation. So, what can help ensure that you give them enough playtime.”
“Mental stimulation and physical exercise can tire them, and they will also get the attention they crave for. Remember that playtime at home also means that the home should be safe for your pet to move around. Speaking about safe environments, ensure that you use a floor cleaner like Nimyle, which makes the floor safe for your pets to lounge on, where they don’t come in contact with harmful chemicals. Also, make sure that there are no sharp objects around and free up the space when you want to play with them,” he added.
Here are some of how you can keep your pet engaged:
Use empty cartons, pipes, bottles to create an obstacle course for your pet. Create a zone where they can jump over a few hurdles made of containers, bottles, or even toilet paper rolls and pass through tunnels made from carton boxes or hoola hoops. At the end of the obstacle, please treat them to reinforce the behavior. You can make it more challenging by increasing the height or adding other barriers. Check with a pet trainer to understand your pet’s practical obstacles and hurdles, depending on their age and breed.
Sharpen your dog’s sniffing skills by placing their favorite treat under an upside-down bowl. Then, add two more bowls, shuffle them and let your pet sniff out the one with the pleasure. This game stimulates them mentally, and they will be more than happy to look for their favorite treat.
Leave treats for your pet to discover around the home. See them chase down the hallways to sniff and enjoy their favorite snack.
Toss the treat
This is fetched but with a slight modification. Throw the treat from one end of the room to another and race with your pet across the room to see who catches it first. This game will physically exhaust your furry friend and might give you a bit of exercise too!