How to exercise your dog without walks

The guidance on social distancing means that you can continue to go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from other people. However, if you're showing symptoms of Covid-19, you won't be able to take your dog beyond your house or garden for exercise. Don't worry, there are lots of ways to keep your dog happy and healthy within your home.

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Mental stimulation is a great way to keep your dog entertained and occupied so replace exercise with other activities until you are able to take them out for their usual walks.

  • Try challenging your dog at meal times.  Instead of using their usual bowl, try using a feeding toy to add some variety.
  • Play, play, play. Most dogs love to play so set aside some time to have a good game of fetch or tug.
  • Learning a new trick or command is great mental stimulation for a dog. Get out their favourite treats and try teaching them something new.
  • Get them sniffing: scent work can be a great way to keep them busy for ages.
  • Hide treats around the garden or around the house and send them off in search of them.
  • Remember toilet breaks: your dog will still need to go outside to use the toilet so make sure they have regular access to the garden.

If you're out in the garden more with your dog we also have some advice on keeping your pets safe in the garden.

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Keeping your pet safe in the garden

Your garden probably contains a few hidden dangers that can injure or poison your pet. Find out how you can keep them safe outside this spring.

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Covid19 advice & support

Medivet is committed to supporting our clients and pets even at this difficult time and we remain open as usual. Our covid-19 web page is being regularly updated and has helpful advice and tips on how to look after your pet amid the Coronavirus outbreak, including what to do if your pet has an appointment or needs care and you're self isolating.

For advice on the health of your pet, speak to your local Medivet practice.

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