While many of us are starting to venture back outdoors, it’s important to keep best physical distancing practices and local guidelines in mind. Now that many cities are opening select beaches, parks and outdoor areas, you might be ready to start safely going outside and enjoying some fresh air and exercise. Before you head out the door too fast, take a moment to ensure you’re enjoying quality time with your pup while staying safe.
Planning Your Outing
Fresh air and exercise is great for your pet, and may help reduce stress and anxiety for both of you. Easing back into usage of public spaces could be an option, depending on your location and personal situation. So before you grab the leash and head out, take a moment to plan. The best place to start is your local government websites, which should offer up to date information on local re-openings and guidelines. Once you’re armed with k, you can strategize the best location for you and your pet to soak up some Vitamin D and stretch those legs!
Prepping for Your Adventure
So once you have a location in mind, ask yourself – do I have everything need? Pack the typical essentials including a leash, collapsable water dish, doggy bags, and treats. Then grab the extra essentials, including a face covering and hand sanitizer. Remember that only humans need the face coverings! According to www.VCAhospitals.com, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus cannot cause canine coronavirus infection, and vice versa. Pups have nearly zero chance of becoming sick from COVID 19, and face coverings for dogs can be dangerous, so best to only use them for yourself if needed.
The key to outdoor activity is understanding local guidelines and avoiding any unnecessary crowds or closed areas. So once you’re trip is planned and your prepped and packed, embark on your adventure! Remember that it’s OK to change course. If you arrive at a location that’s overly crowded you can always try for another spot. You can also opt to go for a walk in your neighborhood if your pup needs to brush up on some leash training before going out in public. Try your backyard or apartment complex parking lot for a refresher, and if your pup is ready, head out!
It’s A Dog’s World and our neighboring kennel partner, Chino’s Caring Kennel, take great pride in being in accordance with CDC recommendations. We are open for a variety of in-person and board & train programs at this time. Check www.ItsADogsWorld.biz for the latest updates and openings. Stay safe and enjoy time with your pup!