3 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors

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With the spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus in North America. Many states and cities are going on lockdown measures to limit the spread of the virus. This has impacted most people’s everyday routines due to many businesses being mandated to temporarily shut down including dog groomers in Englewood, NJ. The prevailing advice for combatting the spread of the coronavirus is social distancing and self-quarantine measures to protect vulnerable populations. In light of these events, many pet owners may find themselves unable to take their dogs to the park or on walks like they might usually. This article covers a few fun ways you can take advantage of this period of quarantine to play with your pup, keep your dog busy, and make the most of it!

Why Keep Your Dog Busy?

In a way, dogs are just like people. With the quarantine measures in place, many people are already getting antsy and wanting to be jogging outside, going to the gym, enjoying social activities once more. In this way, your dog is no different than you. Every pet owner knows the importance of taking Fido out for a walk. There’s a strong correlation between how many chewed up sandals you have and how little your dog is getting their outside exercise time.

In other words, a bored dog is a troublemaker. Keeping your dog busy and finding unique ways to expend some of their extra energy will go a long way in making sure they don’t develop destructive habits over this difficult period of quarantine. This advice is also useful for situations when the weather is consistently bad and taking your dog out for walks may not be possible.

1 – Have Your Dog Hunt Treats

It’s all in the title! A cruel game for humans but a fun game for pets. Feeding your puppy treats the standard way is all good and well, but dogs love to use their faculties to reach things they like. Having them search for treats you’ve hidden around the room using their nose is not only fun entertainment for you, but it’s also a great game for them in which they’re rewarded for using their normal instincts.

2 – Playing Tug-o-War with Your Dog

Dogs love to play, and even tiny dogs like rough play (play carefully if your dog is tiny). One of the most intuitive games that owners and their dogs stumble upon is a good old-fashioned game of tug-o-war. Have you ever played fetch with your dog and they were reluctant to give you the toy back? You pull at it and they play-growl and won’t give it up! That’s the game. Bonus points if you also play growl back at them.

This game can help your dog engage in some more aggressive play. Contrary to popular belief, these kinds of games do not instill aggressive behavior in your dog. Dogs play with humans in a fundamentally different manner than they do with other dogs. In other words, have at it!

3 – Teach your Dog New Tricks

The idea of teaching dogs’ tricks is one of the first things that excites pet owners—especially young children who are delighted to play with their puppies and see them respond. After the period of puppy training, it’s easy to fall into a routine and forget to teach your pet new things—especially if you don’t have to.

If you’re stuck indoors for much longer than you’re used to, why not use this time to teach your dog a trick he or she doesn’t know? It doesn’t have to be limited to tricks, you can teach them new games or even train them to do useful things around the house.

Dog Groomer Englewood NJ

Troy’s Trims and Treats is a full-service dog grooming salon in Englewood NJ. We love dogs! During this difficult time of quarantine, our grooming salon will be closed for a two-week period to follow government issues protocol as well as to protect our community members and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In this time of quarantine, why not develop a closer bond with your beloved pet through some of the fun activities we’ve listed in this article?

If you’d like to inquire about future appointments or service, please feel free to contact us (dog groomers in Englewood, NJ) and we will do our best to respond to your inquiries in a timely manner.

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