Spending time with your pup is a great way to encourage bonding and brighten your day. Given the recent stay-at-home guidelines and restrictions, you might be finding yourself home more often and with more opportunity to spend time wth your pet! Check out these indoor and backyard ideas to take advantage of the extra time with your favorite four legged friends.
Backyard Photo Session
Many of us have camera rolls full of pet photos, but can you really ever have enough? Schedule a backyard photo session with your pet and have a little fun with it! Choose a couple of nice backgrounds and bring out a blanket or grab some lawn furniture. If you have roommates or family, invite them to join the fun! Depending on your dog’s comfort level, consider spicing things up by wearing funny hats or sunglasses. And if it’s just you and your pup, don’t forget to take a selfie!
The Doctor is In
If you have kids in the house, creating a mock doctor or veterinarian’s office could make for great educational fun. Try and find any toys that could safely work, and if you need to grab household items try earbuds as a stethoscope, create a pretend scale to weigh the pup and so on. Make sure you’re supervising the child at all times! And help them get creative. The game can go beyond the check up. Depending on age, the child could create a schedule and make a list that identifies the names of the doggy bones and breed. Stay with the child at all times and make sure they understand that dog’s comfort always comes first.
Teaching an Old (or Young) Dog New Tricks
Don’t be afraid to try and work on the training your pup’s already received. Practice makes perfect and spending time going over basic and advanced obedience can be good medicine for everyone. if your dog is up for it, try using positive reinforcement for more advanced tricks like doing a spin or jumping through a hoop. Consistency is the with all training, so use this as an opportunity to work on old skills and new.
It’s A Dog’s World and our neighboring kennel partner, Vinjon’s, take great pride in being in accordance with CDC recommendations. We are open for Board & Train only, all group classes have been suspended. www.ItsADogsWorld.biz.