- We’re urging pet owners not to panic and not to abandon their pets
- We are regularly checking WSAVA for the latest advice, there is no evidence to suggest that pets can be carriers of Coronavirus or can become ill from it themselves
Here’s some tips from us at the JSPCA:
- Feeding your dog in puzzle feeders such as a Kong so they are mentally challenged whilst they work out how to get their food. This doesn’t have to be expensive, you could use a cardboard box, fill it with crumpled paper with their food hidden inside or use toilet roll tubes folded at each end with the food in the middle, an old water bottle with holes put in it that the dog can roll around to get the food out the holes. The possibilities are endless, you just need to be creative.
- Learning new tricks, go onto YouTube to find lots of dog trainers showing you how to teach cool stuff to your dog such as sit, paw or roll over
- ‘Go Find’- hide tasty treats or their favourite toy in the house or garden and encourage them to look for it. Start off hiding them in easy to find places and build up the difficulty over time. This is a fun way to play with your dog’s favourite toy without having to throw it which is great if you live somewhere that’s more compact
- Hide and seek – hide in a cupboard, under the bed or anywhere in the house and call your dog’s name. when they find you, give them lots of praise and cuddles to keep the game fun.
- Play games of tug with your dog. It’s a game that doesn’t take up too much space and is lots of fun for dogs. Let them win sometimes or the game might become boring.