Humans aren’t the only ones getting bored with social distancing, their puppers are too! To be honest, I’m so tired of hearing the term social distancing, but it’s our new normal so might as well embrace it, right?! We have had to get pretty creative around our house trying new things and doing different things while we continue to shelter-in-place here in IL. Sassy enjoys having us home, but she gets bored too if she doesn’t do things. Dogs love interaction and love to have fun with you, so I thought I’d compile a list of the things we’ve been doing lately!
Go on extra walkies!!
Sassy has gotten more walkies during our time sheltering-in-place than ever! She has been loving it. It gets out a lot of that Husky energy and sets us up to have a relaxing evening!
Develop a route to take you pup and go on extra walkies while social distancing.
Play in the backyard.
If you have a big back yard like we do, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of it! Play ball, frisbee, and a game of chase, and your pup will be in heaven!
Give your pup a spa day.
While the groomers are closed, it’s a great idea to give your pup some extra pampering! Bathing your pup, brushing her out, and giving her a nail trim are all ways of doing an at-home doggy spa afternoon.
Do a fun doggy craft.
I love a good craft so while we were stuck inside I took advantage of some craft supplies I had been keeping for years and already had on hand to do some crafting with Sassy! Isn’t this adorable?! (Here’s how we did it!)
Arrange a virtual or social distancing play date with a friend.
Have a pup friend in the neighborhood? Arrange for them to come over and play in your yard with your dog! Our dog parks are closed here, but dog parks are a great option for this also!
Order your pup a few new toys.
Just like kiddos, dogs get bored with their toys. They love new toys and the smell of new toys! Order your pup a few new toys on Amazon or to pick-up curbside so they can have something new to play with. (See Sassy’s recommendations here!)
Bake your pup some treats.
Sassy loves homemade treats and I bet your pup would too! It doesn’t take hardly any time at all to whip up some cookies or pupcakes for your dog. We have a great dog cookie recipe here!
Make your dog a bandana.
Learning how to sew a dog bandana is super easy! If I can do it anyone can. Use material you have on-hand or order some from curbside pickup from your local craft store!
Assemble a photo album or scrapbook of your dog.
Get all your photos printed at your local CVS or Walgreens and then assemble a photo album or scrapbook of your pup. You will love going back through all the photos over and over again even after quarantine!
Create a post-quarantine/social distancing bucket list of fun dog ideas.
Coming up with a list of things you want to do with your pup when things start to go back to normal can be fun and give you hope. Plus, you’ll be super prepared when you can finally go out and do things!