If you are stuck being quarantined you’re probably getting pretty bored. Dogs are great at brightening the mood and making boring days more fun. Just because you’re practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t have fun around the house. Here are a few of our favorite things to do with our dogs during the quarantine.
Dog Yoga - Doga
The first step in practicing dog yoga is to never force it. Try to incorporate yoga into your daily walks and playtime. Not only can yoga reduce stress, but yoga with your dog can be more quality time together. Get out your yoga mat and invite your dog's curiosity to explore the room. If he seems interested in what you’re doing, go ahead and incorporate him into some yoga poses.
If you’re going for a walk around the neighborhood, you can still attempt some yoga with your dog. You can practice your crescent lunge along the sidewalk or even tree pose while your dog stops for a potty break.
Find the Treats
Not only do you need to keep your mind active during these weird times, but you also need to keep your dog's mind active as well. A fun game of "find the treats" will get your dog moving and excited.
Pick out your dog’s favorite treats and hide them in a different room in easy to reach places. After your dog has been a good boy/girl and waited patiently, give him/her the go-ahead to find all the treats.
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Be sure to praise him/her after every yummy treat, so he/she feels extra special! This is a fun game for you and your dog to enjoy to spice up a boring afternoon.
If you are stuck at home and feel like you have nothing to do, a movie night might be just what you need. Call your dog over for a needed cuddle sesh and enjoy a movie together! Try a movie with dogs in it to spark your dog's interest. Often, dogs will actually watch the tv with you and get engaged with what’s happening on the screen, especially when they hear familiar sounds.
A movie night with your dog is a perfect way to get anything stressful off your mind. Check out these dog adoring flix!
- A Dog’s Way Home
- Milo & Otis Marley & Me
- A Dog’s Journey
- A Dog’s Purpose
- The Art of Racing in the Rain
Learn a New Trick
Quarantine is the perfect time to teach your dog new tricks. If your dog is up to speed on all basic manners and tricks, try moving on to some more advanced tricks. You can teach your dog to roll over, play dead, or even to stand up on his back legs. If your house is fully loaded with training treats, don’t take this opportunity for granted. This can be fun for you and your dog and it could take up a whole afternoon if you let it! That means during quarantine there is plenty of time to learn new tricks!