Pets need routine just like their owners, and right now everyone’s is a little out of whack!
You might have seen the meme floating around Facebook that shows a dog hiding from an owner who is trying to take them for a walk, with a caption to the effect of “No way! Everyone in this house has walked me today!”
Pets may be confused and even a little spooked by the fact their owners are spending more time at home lately, so ease them into an increase in exercise and mental stimulation.
A great way to do this is by taking breaks from your work to do 15-minute skill sessions with your pet. Below are some skills you might like to work with them on:
- Developing manners at mealtimes - rather than just placing a food bowl down in front of them, try spreading food in the yard for pets to find or placing food inside a soft drink bottle to slow things down.
- Backyard agility courses - use anything you can find around the home as obstacles (here’s some inspiration from The Can Do Dude)
- Playing tug of war!
- Teaching them to do tricks - like speak, shake, crawl, rollover, spin in a circle, and jump over something (this short training video from Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution covers them all!)
Have fun creating a new routine with your pets!