The Dog's Trust (link here) is issuing advice to pet owners who may be worried about needing to look after their dogs, if they need to self-isolate due to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
"We understand that dog owners may be concerned about how to look after their dogs given the most recent Government guidance encouraging people to stay at home.
"If you are unwell, try to make alternative arrangements for someone to look after your dog while staying 2 metres apart, or, if you can, arrange for your dog to stay at a boarding kennels, until you feel better, so your dog can continue with their normal exercise routine. Current Government guidance is that it’s okay to go outside once a day for exercise, this can include walking your dog, if you are self-isolating, but to keep your distance from others so you may wish to avoid popular dog walking spots and keep your dog on-lead. If that’s not possible, there are lots of ways to keep your dog happy and healthy within the comfort of your own home.
"From activities involving their favourite treats, to building doggy dens and treasure hunts, there are ample ways you can keep your dog active, without stepping outside your front door.”
The Dog's Trust also list some top tips on ways you can entertain your dog, during this time.
Have a treasure hunt
Hide some of your dogs favourite treats around the house, and then see how quickly they manage to find them all!
Play their favourite game
Be it catch, fetch or tug-of-war, playing games with your dog both excites them, and causes them to become tired!
Make them their own snuffle mat!
A snuffle mat is a toy which encourages your dog to sniff for and search out different treats which are hidden among it.
Build them a doggy den!
Create a cosy and comfortable place for your dog to sleep in.
Teach them some new tricks
What better way to spend the time than by doing something which may also prove useful to you in the long-term. Teach your dog some new tricks or commands.
At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that the virus responsible for COVID-19 can be transmitted from dogs to humans, or humans to dogs. This is in line with current guidance from the World Health Organisation.
When you are caring for a dog, please remember the importance of basic hygiene. This includes washing your hands well (for at least 20 seconds) before and after handling them, using soap and water.
For further guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, please refer to the governments advice, here.