Many of us have been under self-quarantine for days now in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of all this, our dogs are probably wondering: Why don’t we go on walks anymore? Am I a bad dog?
No, buddy, you’re not a bad dog. Never! But, you could be a bummed out dog if you don’t get any exercise.
According to Robert Haussmann, canine behavior consultant and co-founder of dog training service Dogboy NYC, our furry pals need three things to be calm, confident companions: Physical exercise, mental stimulation, and environmental enrichment.
“Unfortunately, we are currently in a challenging time where both humans and dogs are staying indoors more than ever,” he told Apartment Therapy. “Dogs thrive on social engagement and exploring smells, sights, and sounds. They are used to getting those needs met outside, so we have to up our game and provide extra stimulation indoors with scent games, fetch, tug, etc.”
While the CDC says it’s still safe to walk your dog as long as you’re practicing social distancing, here are some indoor activities Haussmann recommends you can do with your dog the rest of the time.
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