Latest advice on COVID-19
Your Dogs and the Coronavirus
From our dogs point of view since the coronavirus outbreak. Suddenly their whole routine and world have changed. It is likely that:
- More people are staying at home.
- Their walking and going out routine has changed.
- There's an increased amount of stress at home.
As dog owners, there is also a lot of inaccurate messages floating around on social media. Both about the Covid-19 virus and dogs. Pet owners have many questions like; What to do if a member of your household is infected with Covid-19? or Can you walk your dog?
At the time of writing there has not been one case of human to animal transmission of the virus. It is, however, a good idea after touching your dog or their belongings to wash your hands with soap and water if your pet dog has been outdoors.
Protecting Each Other
- There is no evidence that pets can get sick from COVID-19.
- Just like human hands, pet fur could carry the virus from one person to another.
- Wash hand well with soap after touching any dogs or their belongings especially after returning from being outdoors. (Avoid dog kisses, Sorry)
- If your dog is sick or injured, call your vets before going to the surgery as the Royal Veterinary College has given guidance on only emergency surgery can currently be actioned.
Practise Social Distancing for COVID-19
- Each person in the home can walk your dog once a day, but....
- Keep you and your dog at least two meters from others (dogs, other animals and people)
- Avoid contact with other people dogs (and other pets)
- Ensure you have your dog's normal supplies for 14 days; making only essential trips to the pet shop.
If you are self Isolating (and planning just in case)
- Think about how you can provide for your dog's needs.
- Dogs can be let out into the back garden or just outside your house on lead to go to the toilet, but always keep your distance from others and minimise time outside*
- Is there anyone else in there anyone else who could care for your dog if you are taken into hospital?
- *Advise on this point may be subject to change, please check the Government guidance regularly.
Helping Each Other
- Can you safely help vulnerable people in your community with their dog?
- Can you offer remote help for a local animal charity?
- Can you donate dog food to your local food bank?
The Coronavirus and your Dogs Needs
All our dogs are individuals. Just like us how all the changes affect them will be different. If we need to drop the amount of outdoor (away from home) exercise and experiences. Then we also need to ensure we give the pro-active alternatives. But what could these be?
- Dogs love to seek and find. Feeding your dog dry food? Why not scatter it into the enclosed garden (if sunny!). Then send them out to find all the yummy morsels.
- Have a kong at home? Feed your dog some of their daily food wetted out.
- Got some old boxes and paper? Make up some snuffle boxes. Add some of their food/treats in between layers of paper and card inside the box.
- Have regular training sessions. Short sessions throughout the day.
- Play some nose or scent work games. Teach your dog to find certain items by using their nose.
As well as, giving them a suitable amount of mental enrichment. Using ideas like those above. Also, make sure you give them plenty of opportunities to relax and be calm in a quiet area of the home. I will be writing more soon, why not sign up to our newsletter and make sure you don't miss out on the latest posts.
Training and Behaviour Help with social distancing
We continue with our online training courses and 1-2-1 sessions. These are run via video chat using zoom. During the course, you will also have the opportunity to submit videos. Showing your progress and receive feedback.
As well as the live sessions, you will have access to the course theory on our online training platform. Your course also has a community group. With a forum, where you can share your thoughts and discuss successes and challenges.
You can book your Free Discovery Session to check if you would like to take a course using this format or join the online training community at any time. I will be sharing more idea's and training advice as we go through this together, come join the community.