Saturday, June 10, 2023

Teach your dog to bowl in Dogs Trust’s stay-at-home boredom buster for the lockdown period

DOGS Trust have come with a stay-at-home boredom buster for you to keep your dog (or dogs) entertained during the lockdown.

If you have saved up any spare toilet rolls, you can teach your dog to bowl. (Watch video above)

Dogs Trust said: “Let us know below if you mastered our Figure of 8, Snoot, Tunnel or Digging tricks – tag us and don’t pawget to inc #MyDogIsForLife.

“This is all thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps to fund our #DogSchool.”

Earlier this week (23 April), Dogs Trust issued advice following concerns over a ticking time bomb of separation anxiety among dogs post lockdown when families return to their normal routine.

If your dog is used to being left alone, then try to make sure you continue to leave them for periods during the day, so they don’t ‘lose’ the ability to cope.

For puppies and dogs that are anxious when left, use the following tips to help them cope alone:

Make sure your dog has a comfy bed or den, where they can relax in peace.

Give them something fun to occupy them, such as a long-lasting treat or puzzle toy.

While your dog is enjoying their treat, take a couple of steps to the other side of the room. If your dog stays where they are, wait a moment, then go back and reward them with an extra treat.

Increase the distance you move away and the time you wait before returning with the extra treat.

You should soon be able to leave the room and close the door or gate.

Progress to spending more time in a different room. Build this into the daily routine.

It’s important that your dog remains relaxed. If they show signs of distress, leave them for a shorter period, or don’t move as far away, next time.


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