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Monday, April 13, 2020

7 things to do with your dog when in lockdown or at home

7 ways to have an enjoyable lockdown with your dog


So you are stuck in quarantine. You are missing going to work every day, meeting your friends,  having a social life. Here are 7 ways you can make your lockdown enjoyable with your pupper...!!

You have cleaned your house, played video games, tried your hand at cooking and now it feels like the walls are coming closer and you are starting to feel suffocated. One can only take so much of  self-isolation.

So what to do now?
How to make your days easier to pass?


The one thing I can tell you for sure is that there is someone who is extremely happy to have you home and all to himself/ herself... that person is YOUR DOG..!!!

On any normal day (a day without lockdown) our dogs don't see us lounging around the house. What they see is us running hither thither for our work. Even when we are home we are worried about the work the next day.

However, right now, there is no work to worry about for tomorrow. You may feel like clawing the walls of your house, but there is so much you can do right now.

Keep reading to find out 7 amazing and fun activities you can do with your pup during lock down
Keep reading to find out 7 amazing and fun activities you can do with your pup during lock down
This is the perfect opportunity to bond with your pup and make some amazing connections which you will cherish for the rest of your life.

My boy, Delta is my life. I rescued him when he was merely a day old. You can read his rescue story
here: The heartwarming rescue stories of my dogs. However, when work falls on our shoulder, we do
land up neglecting our loved ones and I am no less guilty of doing the same.

However, this is the time to strengthen that bond with your pup..so here is a list of 7 activities you
can do with your pup when you are stuck indoors.

1. Teach your boy/girl a new trick:


Training your dog on your own has shown to strengthen the relationship. It also shows your dog that
you are in charge. Even if you have taught your dog many tricks, there is always something new to learn.

I have recently been trying to get Delta to jump over my leg by offering him treats on the other side.
However, my smarty-pants boy prefers to go through underneath my leg instead of jumping over it.
LOL. Alternatively, since I use my bed to hold my leg in place, he finds it more convenient to jump on the bed and get to the other side instead of over my leg. It does create a pretty hilarious situation.

2. Do a DIY indoor activity setup and strengthen your dog's back leg:


If you have been following my blog, you would know that I recently published a post on designing a
DIY dog activity course setup at home with things available in your house.

This activity is great to keep your pup from getting bored as well as provides a really good bonding
time between you and your pup. These types of close range exercises teach you to look out for signs
of your dog's next action.

This challenges not only you (keeping the treat at a safe distance away from your dog) but your dog
as well (your dog is constantly exercising his or her brain to get to the tasty treat somehow.

One more benefit of this exercise is that it gets your dog to become tired. Thus, you can spend less
time on the walk and more time indoors.

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Keeping happy is very important during this time
Keeping happy is very important during this time


3. Do yoga with your dog


I have lost count of how many hilarious videos I have seen on youtube of people trying to exercise
with their dogs around. Those people mostly never ended up doing the exercise they were meant
to do in the first place. However, the adorable actions of your dog make it totally worthwhile to not
get any real exercise done.

4. Make videos and take lots of pictures


I am not asking you to make professional-quality videos. However, as we all are aware, our dogs don't have as long a lifespan as we wish for them. So my suggestion to make your quarantine life easier with your pup by shooting lots of videos with them. Record his or her reaction. Share it on social media with friends and family. Provide everyone with something to laugh and joke about.

5. Cook for your dog


Many people have already learned to bake bread at home due to unavailability of the same in the supermarkets.

The next in line is the turn of homemade dog food. You will find thousands of recipes regarding homemade dog food on Pinterest. It's time to try out a couple and find out if your dog likes your cooking.

6. Play a 'find the treat' game


Dogs can be indoor creatures too if motivated properly. A game of ‘find the hidden treat’ will energize and motivate not only your dog but you as well. Take some of your dog's favourite treats and hide them in different areas of the house. Make your dog stay on command and then give him or her the command to find the treat. Praise your dog diligently after he or she finds the treat.

7. Have a movie night


Who does not like movies? I have seen so many dogs who enjoy animation movies as much as I do. So relax on the couch with a big bucket of popcorn and put up your favourite dog or animation movie to watch with your beloved puppy. A few of my all-time favourite dog movies are:

  • Marley and me
  • Eight below
  • A dog's way home
  • Homeward bound
  • A dog’s purpose
  • Air buddies


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So many options to choose from. Which is your favorite?
So many options to choose from. Which is your favourite?


What are we doing with Delta:


Well, for starters, Delta is not all that much of an outdoor dog. He is happy and content as long as he can see his parents.

  • I regularly exercise him indoors with the DIY DOG ACTIVITY SETUP so that he is able to shake off excess energy and keep his stamina up.
  • He does go out to poop and pee and to feed his street friends but it's for a very short while.
  • As you guys know, Delta mostly eats homemade dog food. Right now I am trying a couple of dog cake recipes which I can use for his next birthday. He is a very helpful companion in cooking.


  1. He loves to taste everything.
  2. Licks the bowl clean after the batter has been transferred.
  3. Offers to be the first one to get a taste of the cake the moment it's out of the oven.


Delta does not enjoy videos of other dogs..LOL. He does, however, enjoy watching his own videos. So I put up his youtube videos on a loop for him to watch. I think he is still trying to figure out who that other dog is in the videos with his momma..!! He also responds and howls to his howling videos which make it very entertaining for all of us.

Conclusion:


Quarantine is like a glass half full. Take it as a boon. Spend this time with your beloved dogs or cats.
You are their whole world. Every day when you go for work, all they do is wait for you to come home. Once this lockdown is lifted, the world will go back to the previous routine and your pup will spend the entire day missing you. So utilize this time you have with them and make the most of it.

So what are you doing with your cat or dog during this quarantine? If you try any of the above-mentioned activities or if you have a few ideas of your own, be sure to write them in the comment section. I am eagerly waiting to hear our opinions.

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Have a safe, happy and healthy quarantine
Have a safe, happy and healthy quarantine

PS: If you liked this post, please share it with your friends. Even if you are not a dog guardian, you
may know someone who is. This may come in handy to them.

Thank you for reading...

Stay safe. Stay indoors…!!

55 comments:

  1. movie nights? That is sure to be fun. While Im watching the movie, my dog is sleeping beside me. hahaha! :)

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  2. These are great tips. I love spending the extra time with our pups. They usually try to join me when I'm doing a hiit workout. lol.

    - Stephanie | www.snippykit.com

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    1. I can never even get one rep done of any workout with Delta around me...LOL

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  3. These are some fun ideas. We just have cats, and they are just annoyed that we've been home so much.

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    1. Oops...!! They are probably waiting for the lockdown to be over..LOL

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  4. Love these tips! Our pets get bored and frustrated just like we do, and they pick up on our emotions. It's important to stay present with them and give them plenty of exercise, playtime and love.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by...Absolutely..!! They need engagement as much as we do..:)

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  5. The poor dogs that are trapped inside!! It must be miserable for them to not be in their normal routine of walks and such.

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    1. Yes..it is indeed hard. That is why I exercise Delta indoors only with the diy dog activity setup. Simple easy and efficient. The link is embedded in the post above if you wish to check it out

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  6. My cats are getting pretty sick of us being around the house. I wish there was more we could do with them!
    Love the post :)

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  7. These are all such great ideas! I guess dog can grow antsy when cooped up too. My cat was mostly an outdoor cat when I was living in London but with the lockdown, i would have him inside so it would be pretty tough for him.

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    1. It does get hard for them. Hope these tips make life a little easier :)

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  8. sounds like a great time to make the bond between you and your friend better thanks for sharing the great ideas

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  9. My furkids have been enjoying lots of cuddles and lots of walks. It's awesome for them!

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    1. I can absolutely relate. They must be so happy you are home with them and they dont have to wait for you. :)

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  10. Dogs get bored during quarantine too. Thanks for all this tips.

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  11. These are really creative and cute ideas!
    I can't read everything you said about them, though, because the formatting for viewing your website on mobile is cutting off about half of the page :(

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    1. I am sorry. Thank you for bringing it to my notice. I will keep it in mind. I have fixed it for now. Thanks again.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this! I love my pups so much and these are all great ideas. I know they are loving us all being home with them.

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  13. We are fortunate to live in an area that we can still take our pets outside. But this is also a great list for the indoor times as well.

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  14. Very interesting how people are so attached to their pets. I remember my ex-boyfriend having two huge dogs. He would love this post.

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    1. My boy is my universe. He is my son. They are only pets as long as they are in shops or street animals as long as they are on the streets. Once they cross the threshold of your house, they become permanent family members.

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  15. You've got some fun suggestions. My pups LOVE spending time at home cuddling, so we've done the movie night thing a few times. Usually after a good long walk to wear them out first.

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    1. Happy to help :). Let me know if you try out any other suggestions. :)

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  16. A great idea for this surreal time with so many of us stuck in. In some countries people are allowed walk their dogs, but I guess in others they may not be able to. In Japan, its still okay to bring dogs for walks. I can't imagine how stressful it would be for a dog to be stuck in all day everyday. Great suggestions here. Best, Lynda H

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    1. Thank you so much for your appreciation. Times are hard everywhere. I hope things get better.

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  17. Here in Melbourne, dog owners are still allowed to walk their dogs but with a shorter time limit. It would be less challenging if dogs are used to being indoors only.

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    1. I am happy for the dogs in Melbourne๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  18. Before the lockdown start, I thought my life could be boring when I'm home. But I'm wrong with that. Lockdown has a lot of good effect to our life, we can build a bond with our familes and fur babies. We always play and cuddles all the time. and that is one of the best memories I can cherries forever.

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    1. I am so happy that you are looking at the positive side..๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Your babies must be very happy too to have you all to themselves

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  19. Superbly written article which comprehensively describes various options one can have during lockdown when it comes to bolstering the bond with their furry friends..
    A must read..

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  20. Luckily we have a backyard, so our dog isn't completely on lock down. We have been working on some training though.

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    1. That is great. With time on your hands, you can probably get some useful training done right now.

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  21. Tons of great ideas here. I never even thought of doing indoor activities with a dog probably because I don't have any pets. Movie night with your pet does sound like a lovely option.

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    1. One day if you ever plan to, I hope these ideas come in handy then :)

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  22. It's important to remember this is a change in routine for them too. They need attention and some engaging activities too. Very helpful tips.

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes, they absolutely do. I am worried about when the lock down ends, we will have some highly anxious babies on our hands...

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  23. I love these ideas! My pups are not used to us being home all the time so taking advantage of the extra time together makes it so much better.

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    1. I am very happy you liked my ideas. In case you try out any of these, let me know how it goes.

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  24. My dog is quite old and lazy but you can tell she loves us being home with her all day. We spend time outside and she gets to play with the kids more for sure.

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  25. Awe, these are great suggestions; it would be amazing to have a pet during this time, but unfortunately I am not able to because of my spouse. I am blessed to have someone who comes home after work that loves me though. I really enjoyed reading your article though!

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    1. Thank you so much for your appreciation. I hope one day you get a furry friend. Life is never the same without them. I can't remember a time when Delta was not in my life.

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  26. These are great ideas! I think I might try making homemade dog treats too!

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    1. That would be amazing. Let me know how it goes... :)

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  28. Great activities! It's time to bond more with them, after all they are also part of the family.

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  29. Absolutely...!! This is their time :).

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