Let’s face it, COVID-19 has changed our lives. Not only human beings but also our beloved pets are affected. While self-isolating with cats might be easier because they are mostly indoor pets, it is completely different for the dogs. You are still allowed to go for a walk with your pooch in many US states and Canadian provinces. Recently, Cleveland police warned and asked do not drive to exercise or walk dog outdoor. Basically, it much safer for you and your dog to stay home.
What happens if you do not walk your dog? Well, it’s definitely good for your dog, but nothing crucial. Your pet will have less activity, get too bored and probably change behaviour because of that. The worst thing, your dog has essential needs like peeing or pooing. However, you can avoid all of these problems if you have these 5 essential things during the quarantine!
Challenging Dog Toys
Your dog will get bored, that’s for sure. Typical dog toys that you use like ball launchers, fetch toys, frisbee or simple stick throwing would not work. You might want to consider getting several challenging toys for your dog. It could be puzzle toys, moving toys, slow feeders and so on. We have recently compiled the list of the best interactive dog toys under $30 so you might want to consider some of them. IQ balls, smart treat-dispensing toys, puzzles will keep your dog interacted and active.
Make Sure You Have Enough Food
Make sure you have enough food during the COVID-19 quarantine. You might think that you can order online, but many delivery services are so delayed now. Being Amazon Prime Member, I ordered lots of food for my Stevie on April 2nd and I have delivery expected only on April 22nd! It takes 20 days for Amazon to get it delivered! As a result, I had to travel to the nearest opened pet store but more and more of them are getting closed. Make sure to have enough food for your dog at home for the next 60 days at least.
The other thing that I would consider is getting a smart dog feeder. When dogs stay indoors, they tend to eat more often. You don’t want to end the quarantine with an overweighted dog. With smart feeders, you can set the schedule and the amount of food for your dog to make sure he or she is not overeating.
Indoor Dog Potty & Odor Remover
Alright, here you go. You do not want your dog to pee and poop all over your place. There are numerous solutions to this:
- the perfect solution if you have your own backyard. duh…
- some people trasform they patios as a temporary toilet station and you can easily train your dog
- get indoor dog potty system
You probably never hear about indoor dog potty trainer but there are a bunch of them available on the market. It could be any material you want: plastic or even the ones made of real glass! It might be the perfect solution for small dogs, however, many manufacturers say that most of the indoor dog potties are good enough for medium-sized and even large dogs!
If your dog does it indoors once in a while you don’t want it to stink. Make sure to have enough amount of odour remover because you are going to use it more often than usual. I personally love the Simple Solution Odor Remover but that’s the only one I tried and I love it. It kills all the smell right away.
Dog Treadmill or Treadwheel
If you have a super active dog you might want to consider a bigger investment to keep your dog active. Dog treadmills are mostly designed for dogs who need physiotherapy and recovery. However, some dog owners are using them to train their dogs. I had a chance to try and review dogPacer. It is the most popular choice on the market. You can check my ultimate review about dogPacer here. After trying dogPacer, I was curious what are the other options on the dog treadmill market and I was surprised that so many pet manufacturers design treadmills specifically for dogs. I got really deep into this topic so you might check my big research on the best dog treadmills that are on the market right now.
Proper Bathing & Grooming Tools
It is pretty obvious here. Many grooming salons are closed now so you will have to do all the grooming needs at home. I usually visit grooming salons every two weeks for bathing and haircut. It really depends on the breed how many things you need, but you might want to check some essential bathing tools for your dog during the COVID-19 quarantine. As of grooming, I have the following things for Stevie:
That is pretty much what you got to have for your dog if you stay indoor during COVID-19. If you still go walking outside with your dog, make sure to check my recent article “5 Devices You Need For Dog Sanitation During COVID-19”.